Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Musings ~

America's official national Christmas tree is not located at the White House, but rather near Sanger, California in King's Canyon National Park. A giant sequoia tree known as the General Grant Tree, was designated the "Nation's Christmas Tree" in 1925. Congress, by public law 441, made the General Grant Tree a National Shrine on March 29, 1956. Standing 267 feet high with 40 feet across its base, it is estimated to be between 1,500 and 2,000 years old. In 1956, the tree was declared a national shrine to honor the men and women of the U.S. military. As a memorial, park rangers place a wreath at the base of the tree during the Christmas ceremony, which has been held every December since 1925.

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