Japanese Government Donates Cherry Tree to NM Veteran’s Memorial
ALBUQUERQUE- This year marks the 70th anniversary of the formal surrender of Japan.
Japanese representatives signed the official Instrument of Surrender on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. To commemorate the day and to celebrate the peaceful cooperation of our nations, The Japanese Government donated a cherry tree to New Mexico Veterans to be housed at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial.
“This cherry tree is a beautiful symbol of peace,” said Governor Susana Martinez. “We look forward to cherry blossoms blooming at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial for many years to come, as a sign of lasting friendship between the people of Japan and New Mexico.”
The Consulate General from Denver was there to offer the cherry tree.
“It is a tremendous privilege for the City of Albuquerque to receive the gift of a cherry tree from the Japanese Government as it represents the culmination of a long term healing process, said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. “As the tree grows stronger, so will the relationship with Japan.”
The plaque reads:
In Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the Government and people of Japan present this cherry tree as a symbol honoring the friendship between the people of Japan and the State of New Mexico.