On Sunday, April 14th, a host of volunteers planted more than 100 cherry trees in three locations around the grounds of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Rows of cherry trees now adorn areas near the Springfield Street fence line; near the World War II 8th Air Force Control Tower and Nissen Huts; and south of the parking lot by Memorial Park.
Founder Alex Hara was joined by Operation 1000 Cherry Trees Honorary Chairman and former Ohio Governor Robert Taft plus dozens of members of the Japanese community who work at Japanese companies in Ohio and Michigan.
Speaking to WPAFB Skywriter journalist Amy Rollins, Former Governor Taft commented, “Mr. Hara has come up with a wonderful idea here. He has really put his heart and soul and effort into this program. It’s going to be a blessing for hundreds of years for the people of the Dayton Area.”
In response, Mr. Hara replied, “I’d like to see Dayton known for cherry trees, just like Washington D.C.”