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The cherry blossoms along the Potomac River Tidal Basin are iconic. It took Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore

decades to plant a mass of cherry trees to adorn Washington, DC. She finally found a kindred spirit in first lady Helen Taft, whose husband had been Ambassador to the Philippines before his presidency. She had seen the stately cherry blossoms while visiting Japan, and envisioned a bandstand backed by cherry trees in Washington.

Unfortunately, the first trees were insect-infested and had to be destroyed. Yet the women persisted with a second batch that were planted in 1912.

Today, the blooming of the cherry blossoms is a national event, celebrated with a festival and the welcoming of Spring.

What vision will you persist in realizing?

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