2 donated Christmas trees to be displayed at WVa Capitol

November 24, 2021 GMT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pair of large Christmas trees will go on display outside of West Virginia’s Capitol.

Michael Buchanan of the Kanawha County community of Hansford donated a 40-foot blue spruce for display at the Lincoln Plaza on the south side of the Capitol in Charleston, the Department of Administration said in a news release.

The tree was donated in honor of his late daughter, Andrea, who died in 2009 at age 17, the statement said.

Buchanan planted the tree with his daughter and her mother about 25 years ago at their residence after the state treasurer’s office worker received it from the Division of Forestry as part of an employee appreciation week. The tree has always been known as Andrea’s Tree, the statement said.

Helen Herring of Elkview donated a 20-foot Frasier fir for display on the Capitol’s north plaza. Herring also donated a previous tree for the Capitol grounds holiday display in 2010.

Both trees will be on display during the upcoming Joyful Night celebration with Gov. Jim Justice and first lady Cathy Justice. The event will be held virtually for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic.