When we are in D.C. paying homage to our honored dead, we will doing it during the height of D.C.’s largest springtime festival, The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which draws millions of visitors over its run.
Below is some info straight from the visitor’s web site along with the link.
I do know that ONE of us will be going to the HQ information center to get some postcards to send to our troops.
Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.
Today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings into the nation’s greatest springtime celebration. A group of American school children reenacted the initial planting and other activities, effectively holding the first “festival” in 1927. The festivities grew again in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the nation’s capital. The Festival was expanded to two weeks in 1994 to accommodate a diverse activity schedule during the blooming period. Over the years, millions have participated in Festival events and viewed the flowering cherry trees. In 2012, the Festival expanded to five weeks (from 16 days in recent previous years) to provide a grand tribute to the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees. Today, more than 1.5 million people visit Washington, DC each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and participate in diverse programming that heralds spring in the nation’s capital.
Postcard To The Troops Send cherry blossom greetings to our men and women serving in the military. Find the beautiful 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival postcard at Festival Headquarters at Union Station, the Festival Information Tent at the Tidal Basin, the Parade, and other Festival events.”Irwin Serves”