Colville boy lighting Capitol Christmas Tree

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 11:22 AM

 WASHINGTON, D.C.-- A Colville six-year-old helped light the Capitol Christmas Tree Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Giovani Gaynor and his family flew to Washington, D.C. for the honor.

Gaynor lit the tree alongside Speaker of the House John Boehner. 
 
The six-year-old was picked to light the tree from a group of applicants from Washington State. Gaynor’s teacher entered him in a drawing for the trip after their class made ornaments for the tree.
 
 
The Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in D.C. in late November after a three week long journey across the country. That journey began in the Inland Northwest. The tree was cut down in the Colville National Forest on November 1. 
 
 
Gaynor and his family have plans to tour the White House and the city during their four day trip in D.C.

Gaynor’s parents said he may not grasp the significant of the opportunity now but one day he will.

“Giovani you may not know this but we require all of our tree lighters to have some special qualifications.  Well I understand, when you grow up you want to be a police officer...well the chief and I were talking... ifs it's okay with you, we would like to make you a junior capitol hill police officer for today,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner moments before he lit the tree with Gaynor.

Gaynor’s parents said they could not be more pleased.

“We feel very blessed. It’s an honor to be part of history,” said David Gaynor.

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