Tree Planting at Peace Garden Columbus
Columbus, OH – International Day of Peace was recognized Saturday September 22nd with the “26th Family Day at the International Peace Garden” celebration sponsored by International Voluntary Organization (IVO) of Columbus and dedicating forty Cherry Trees to the park, additionally celebrating “Colors of Columbus”.
Angela An, a television anchor from WBNS 10TV in Columbus, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. The program began with the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation, followed by guest speakers, and musical and dance presentations. The Keynote Speaker was Former Governor of Ohio Bob Taft. His grandfather, Howard Taft, was President of the United States in 1912, when the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki gave a gift of 3000 Japanese cherry trees to Washington, DC to advance a deeper friendship between the two nations.
“Colors of Columbus” was the recognition of the 2018 participating organizations and representatives planting trees in the Peace Garden. There was a tree planted this year on behalf of USA, Nigeria, Asia and a tree for Europe was donated by UPF Ohio. It was added during the bicentennial celebration of 2012 to showcase the ethnic diversity of Columbus as a metropolitan city. The Peace Garden was expanded to include flowering trees representing the different countries of origin or heritage of Columbus residents.
“With just two minutes to speak something on behalf of our organization. The auditorium seemed to come to silence with 250 faces leaning into the words that I shared. It was a very international audience and I tried to write toward that expectation”. Chris Fox, executive director for UPF Ohio shared
The International Peace with Justice Garden is intended to be a place where people can contemplate, experience, and feel peace – within themselves, with the people around them, and with the world at large. The Volunteer Wall of Honor is intended to promote and encourage volunteer initiatives. The Peace Garden was IVO’s entry to the Garden Olympics (Ameriflora 1992) and became a legacy garden to the citizens of Columbus after Ameriflora.
The Columbus Cherry Blossom Festival will happen in year 2022 when a total of 100 Yoshino cherry trees have been planted. Twenty trees were planted in 2012, forty were planted this year and forty more will be planted in 2020 after some renovation of the upper pond in the park.
Contributed by: Christopher Fox, Executive Director, UPF Ohio