Lighting of Oregon-grown U.S. Capitol tree postponed to honor Natl. Day of Mourning

    The Capitol Christmas tree from Oregon is now in place. "The tree standing tall in its home for the holidays while making history: it's the first Noble Fir to grace the West Lawn in the history of U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree initiative," according to US Capitol Tree organizers. (Courtesy US Capitol Tree)

    The lighting ceremony for the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree was pushed back until Thursday to honor the National Day of Mourning for Former President George H.W. Bush.

    The ceremony was initially slated to take place Wednesday.

    The 80-foot noble fir is from Oregon’s Willamette National Forest near Sweet Home. It's the first noble fir ever to grace the West Lawn for the holiday season.

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    We will be streaming the ceremony live at 2 p.m. Thursday both online and on our Facebook page.

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