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ALPENA, Mich. – What an exciting day for the community to witness the cutting down of this year’s state Christmas tree.

Better yet, familiar faces from the sunrise side watched the 62–foot spruce arrive to the state capital over the weekend.

Alpena’s second state Christmas tree made it’s way to Lansing after a 4 day journey. Lansing would be the new tree’s home this holiday season. Hundreds of ornaments and decorations will cover its outer limbs.

As the truck rolled in front of the Capitol Building, boy scout troops from Okemos climbed atop to cut ropes binding the branches.

One of them was Jessica Gillard’s 13–year–old son, Joel.

Gillard sent the photos to WBKB. This is what she wrote to us: “It was especially meaningful for Joel because like the tree, he was also born in Alpena.”

The spruce had been met by friendly Alpena faces excited to welcome the tree to Lansing.