Montana boy to light Capitol Christmas tree from Kootenai
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A sixth-grader from Montana will light the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree from the state during the annual holiday ceremony.
U.S. Sen. Jon Tester announced Tuesday that Ridley Brandmayr (BRAND’-may-er) of Bozeman will hit the switch Dec. 6 on the tree from the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana.
A statement from Tester’s office said the 11-year-old lost all the fingers on his right hand in an accident earlier this year but has continued to swim and play music. Tester, a former music teacher, lost three fingers on his left hand as a child.
The 79-foot Engelmann Spruce will be cut down on Nov. 8 and will stop in Montana, North Dakota, Missouri and Kentucky on its 3,000-mile journey to Washington.