Cherry blossom trees that surround the grounds near the Washington Monument

Do you know the meaning behind the stunningly beautiful cherry blossom trees that surround the grounds near the Washington Monument?

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3,000 cherry trees to the United States.

The trees symbolize the long lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continuation of their relationship.

Each year, millions of people visit the nation’s capital to see the trees in full bloom for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual event that has become one of the nation’s greatest springtime celebrations.

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