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KSP Trooper's escort the National Capital Christmas Tree

Date of News Release: 11/20/2012

KY State Police Troopers Jay Thomas and Barry Rice with Illinois State Police Troopers and United States Forestry Officers

(Hickory, KY) – The Kentucky State Police escorted the National Capitol Christmas tree through Kentucky on Monday, November 19, 2012. The Christmas tree, an Engelmann Spruce, was harvested in Meeker, Colorado on November 2, 2012. The tree stands 74 feet tall, and has a span of approximately 25 feet. The 74 year old tree is on a three week, cross country, journey from Colorado to Washington D.C. where it will be put on the Capitol Lawn for display.

KSP Troopers took over the escort duties from the Illinois State Police as the eight vehicle convoy entered Kentucky on I-24. The convoy conducted a scheduled fuel stop in Paducah, KY before resuming its trip to the Nation’s Capital. KSP Troopers escorted the tree to the Tennessee state line, where the Tennessee Highway Patrol took the lead of the convoy.

Anyone that is interested in the National Capital Christmas tree can go to the website; www.capitolchristmastree2012.org and learn the history of the tree and also track the tree on its journey to the Capitol.

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