By GUY FLETCHER
The cross-country tour of the nation's Christmas tree stopped in Hagerstown on Saturday evening.
"It's one of the advantages of being in Hagerstown," said John Louderback, who recently moved to the city. He and others who braved the cold and rain came to the parking lot of the Days Inn on Dual Highway to see the tree, which was bundled and on display on a tractor-trailer bed.
Louderback, who brought his wife and three children to see the tree, said it was interesting to be able to see something of national significance up close.
"It's nice. It's nice it's here," he said.
The 100-year-old, 65-foot spruce was cut down Nov. 15 in the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Utah. The following day it began a trip that will end today when the tree arrives at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.