I'm a trucker who is proud to be driving the nation's Christmas tree to Washington

For the past few weeks, I’ve been part of a team of professional truck drivers who are working to safely deliver the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from California to our nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Bellinger with the truck transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. 

Jeremy Bellinger with the truck transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree.  ( (System Transport))

Since the tree was harvested on Oct. 23 from the Six Rivers National Forest in Eureka, California, our team has traveled over 4,000 miles to transport the 84-foot-tall and 19-foot-wide white fir, affectionally nicknamed “Sugar Bear,” to D.C. on our Kenworth truck. Throughout the journey, my team and I made 26 stops from coast to coast and have met some amazing people in dozens of our country’s beautifully diverse communities.

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I am very excited to be a part of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree team because it’s one way for me to do something great for my country. After congenital health conditions prevented me from serving in the military, I welcomed the opportunity to serve our country through this very special contribution: delivering “the People’s tree” for all to see.

Since the tree was harvested on Oct. 23 from the Six Rivers National Forest in Eureka, California, our team has traveled over 4,000 miles to transport the 84-foot-tall and 19-foot-wide white fir, affectionally nicknamed “Sugar Bear,” to D.C. on our Kenworth truck. 

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