When in bloom, the cherry blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin in Washington, D. C. are a dazzling site. A gift from Japan in 1912, they symbolize the growing friendship between the two countries. This initial gift of over 2,000 trees was supplemented in 1965 by another gift of nearly 4,000 cherry trees. My weight is a tribute to their fragile beauty.
New Jersey is no stranger to these trees with their exquisite blossoms. Newark’s Branch Brook Park, a site on both our State and National Historic Registers, is home to more than 2,000 cherry trees that blossom during April. They were a 1927 gift from the Bamberger and Mrs. Felix Fuld family and surely brighten this city’s landscape.