“With this iconic addition to our county, the people of our entire region will see this as a mark of friendship and shared future.”
On a sunny July 30th afternoon in Dayton Ohio, Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge welcomed local dignitaries, invited guests, and media representatives to a celebration the official kickoff of The Operation 1000 Cherry Trees Project.
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce President Phil Parker also addressed the crowd before remarks by the Honorable Kuninori Matsuda, Consul General of Japan.
“Montgomery County is one of the many areas which cultivates and benefits from close economic relations between the U.S. and Japan,” said Consul General Matsuda. “Within the county there are thirteen Japanese facilities, which employ approximately 1,900 local workers.”
Consul General Matsuda expressed his support for The Operation 1000 Cherry Trees project and then joined founder Alex Hara and county and city leaders for a symbolic planting outside the Montgomery County Administration Building.