The Cherry Blossom Festival will participate in the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees. Cherry trees have been donated to various organizations in the metro area to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the original gift of trees from Japan to Washington, DC in 1912. The trees symbolize international friendship and the beauty of nature. The Festival kicks off with the ceremony Saturday morning. More information can be found at the National Cherry Blossom website and the article in the Denver Post.