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Planting Seeds of Peace

SGI-USA members of Rocky Mountain Zone celebrate the 20th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's visit with annual cherry-tree planting ceremony.

Symbol of hope—SGI-USA members of Rocky Mountain Zone honor the 20th anniversary of SGI President Ikeda's last visit to Denver with a cherry-tree planting ceremony at City Park, May 22, 2016. Photo: Rayna Manger Tedford


sgi_36171951465DENVER, May 22, 2016—Under clear blues skies, SGI-USA members of Rocky Mountain Zone planted 50 cherry trees at Denver’s iconic City Park. SGI members began planting cherry trees in 1989 when the current SGI-USA Denver Culture Center first opened. They’ve continued every year since to plant these symbols of inspiration and hope at various locations throughout the Mile High City. At times, the event has been attended by the city’s mayor. And, in 1996, members planted a cherry tree with SGI President Ikeda during his visit to the SGI-USA Denver Culture Center. The cherry-tree planting ceremony, which also celebrated the 20th anniversary of that visit, enabled the local members to refresh their determination to continue planting the seeds of kosen-rufu in their community for many more years to come.

—Lauren Matsuda

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