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First Lady Michelle Obama Plants a Cherry Blossom Tree

First Lady Michelle Obama Plants a Cherry Blossom Tree

Photographer
Lawrence Jackson
Date of Work
March 27, 2012
Credit
Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

First Lady Michelle Obama Plants a Cherry Blossom Tree

This photograph is of First Lady Michelle Obama participating in a centennial tree planting ceremony during the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. on March 27, 2012. Mrs. Obama emphasized the significance of the historic occasion remarking, “People from both of our nations worked together for years to bring these trees here to Washington. And over the past century, people of all ages from the U.S. and Japan and so many other nations have come to this Tidal Basin each spring to marvel at their beauty. And year after year, even after the coldest, darkest, stormiest winters, these trees have continued to bloom.” Since 1912, the blooming cherry blossoms have signaled the arrival of springtime in Washington D.C. First Lady Helen Taft was responsible for the planting of the 3,020 Japanese cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin and grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Many first ladies have continued to take an active role in the cherry blossom celebrations and in recent years have served as honorary chairs of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.