The Truckload Carriers Assn.’s official Highway Angel spokesperson, country music singer Lindsay Lawler, will perform today (Dec. 4) at the lighting ceremony of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree. She will also sing at three associated receptions, including one for Congressional representatives.

Lawler became involved with the tree when she wrote a song that was chosen as the project’s official theme for 2012. Beating out nearly 300 competitors, “Standing Tall” describes the tree’s journey across America and its symbolism as a “light in the dark for us all.” The lyrics also praise those who fight for freedom so that Americans can continue to live the American Dream.

“I was thrilled to write the winning song, one that speaks to the importance of the People’s Tree,” Lawler said. “It’s a beautiful symbol of unity for our nation. The fact that the tree has traveled from Colorado to Washington by truck makes this project even more important to me, because I love being affiliated with the trucking industry through TCA. I am proud to say a truck was the vehicle that delivered this wonderful tree to the people of the United States.”

“We’re very proud that our Highway Angel spokesperson is playing such an important role in a nationwide celebration,” said Chris Burruss, TCA president. “When it comes to showing the general public a positive side of trucking, Lindsay is a terrific role model.”

The 2012 U.S. Capitol Christmas tree is a 73-ft. Engelmann Spruce that was harvested near Meeker, CO, in early November. For 23 days, it traveled to towns and cities across the U.S. on a custom-decorated, Mack Pinnacle truck driven by former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell. TCA and several industry partners sponsored stops in Dallas and Nashville, both of which included performances by Lawler. She also sang at the initial kickoff celebration in Colorado.

The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree continues a hallowed American tradition that originated nearly 50 years ago. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 5 p.m. today. Afterward, visitors can view “The People’s Tree” nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. throughout the holiday season. To listen to Lawler’s song, visit the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s website at http://bit.ly/11kQK9k.