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The Tidal Basin, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
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By J. Makali Bruton, March 19, 2016
A Symbol of International Friendship Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — A Symbol of International Friendship — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft, Viscountess Iwa Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, and a small group of people assembled at the Tidal Basin. There they planted the first two of more than 3,000 flowering . . . — Map (db m93423) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Canada's Gift to the United States — National Mall and Memorial Parks, Canadian Maple Trees — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; Government of Canada —
Standing before you are several of the 150 maples given to the United States by Canada in celebration of our northern neighbor's 150th anniversary (1867-2017). The maple leaf is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Canadian strength, . . . — Map (db m135436) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Japanese Pagoda — National Mall & Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Admired by thousands each year, the Japanese Pagoda arrived in Washington, not as a gift from one nation to another, but as a gift from one man to another. In 1957, Ryozo Hiranuma, the Mayor of Yokohama and a visitor to Washington, DC four years . . . — Map (db m309) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Japanese Stone Lantern — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The Gift of Light. Presented to the city of Washington on March 30, 1954, this stone lantern symbolizes the enduring cultural partnership that re-emerged between Japan and the United States after World War II. The lantern is one of two . . . — Map (db m37515) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Keeping the Cherry Trees Healthy — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Flowering cherry trees need constant care to keep them growing and blooming well. They are pruned once a year to remove damaged or diseased limbs. A second annual pruning shapes the trees. Soil that has been compacted – one of the great . . . — Map (db m100155) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Lighting the Way — Japanese Stone Lantern — National Mall & Memorial Parks, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Each year, the National Park Service and the National Council of State Societies conduct the Lantern Lighting Ceremony. The Embassy of Japan appoints a Cherry Blossom Princess for the occasion. As the audience counts down from five, the lantern is . . . — Map (db m29559) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial — National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
“With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be . . . — Map (db m46398) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — River Bottom to Parkland — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Where you are standing was originally the bottom of the Potomac River. The shoreline roughly paralleled 15th Street, skirted around the Washington Monument which stood almost at the river's edge, and then followed what is now the current route of . . . — Map (db m135435) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The 1912 Cherry Tree Plantings — National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Historic Trees. You are standing near two of the most important cherry trees in Washington, D.C. These Yoshino Cherries (Prunus x yedoensis) are among the 3,700 trees of various species that grow in East and West Potomac Park and on the . . . — Map (db m215) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
At this site will be erected the Martin Luther King, Jr .Memorial. The memorial will embody the man, the movement and the message. It will honor this 20th century visionary who brought about change through the principles of nonviolence and equally . . . — Map (db m208) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The First Japanese Cherry Trees
The first Japanese Cherry Trees, presented to the City of Washington as a gesture of friendship and good will by the City of Tokyo, were planted on this site, March 27, 1912. — Map (db m54912) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The Gift of Friendship — Japanese Pagoda — National Mall & Memorial Parks, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
This 3,800 pound, 17th century Japanese Pagoda arrived in the Nation’s Capital in 1957 as a gift from Mayor Ryozo Hiranuma of Yokohama, Japan. Its parts packed in five shipping crates with no assembly instructions, the pagoda required the staff of . . . — Map (db m61900) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — The Gift of Trees — National Mall and Memorial Parks — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Flowering cherry trees – which bloom profusely but do not bear edible fruit – were not common in the United States in 1900. American visitors to Japan found their beauty remarkable and journalist Eliza Scidmore was inspired to have these . . . — Map (db m61837) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), The Tidal Basin — Thomas Jefferson — National Memorial Cornerstone — National Historic Landmark —
This Cornerstone was laid by Franklin Delano Roosevelt President of the United States of America 1939 — Map (db m83684) HM

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