Thursday, November 15, 2018

Sprucing things up for a commemoration

Workers have been working around the DFO building
this week making ready for a commemoration event for the Cherry Blossom Trees

The Federal building on Second Avenue West that houses the Post Office and Department of Fisheries has been getting a little bit of a Fall touch up this week, starting with some pressure washing over the Remembrance Day weekend and how some landscaping and assorted attention along the Fourth Street side.

Crews were working along the sidewalk, retaining wall area for much of this week, and those that may have wandered by to take a look might also have noticed that the Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees are coming back nicely from the troubles of earlier this year.

The remaining stand of trees continue to sprout leaves, a good indication that the remediation work on the damaged trees is taking hold after the incident of this past March which saw a number of the trees damaged or destroyed.

All the work around the site appears to be tied into a Thursday afternoon commemoration ceremony that will honour the family of Dr. Henry Shimizu, with a plaque to be put in place to honour the donation of the trees by Shotaro "Tom" Shimizu almost 60 years ago.

The commemoration has been organized by the Federal Public Service and Procurement Canada Office which committed to paying tribute to the Shimizu family and the trees in the days following the incident of earlier this year.

Councillor Barry Cunningham outlined some of the background to those plans through his Facebook page last night.

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