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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2005
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Yoshino cherry trees a gift for generations

Anyone who has visited the National Mall or the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., knows what's in store for people who travel Sixth Avenue Southeast at Delano Park.

Long before the 30 or so Yoshino cherry trees planted in recent days along two strips of park land north of Gordon Drive mature, they will inspire, thrill and soothe thousands of people who are drawn to their blossoms in spring.

Then in fall, their foliage will punctuate autumn with distinctive color.

Their numbers won't overwhelm visitors like the cherry trees in Washington, but give them a few years and visitors won't resist the urge to park the car and roam among the canopy of pink blossoms.

Because of their beauty the Washington trees weathered World War II, even though the original ones were a gift from Japan. Today they are a major tourism attraction and a reminder that enemies can become friends.

Locally, the trees will be a constant reminder that Sixth Avenue can also win the battle against ugliness.

Thanks, Toray Carbon Fibers, for the gift of the trees.

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