Monday, April 22, 2013
Video: Cherry Blossoms On Chapel Ave, Cherry Hill
From Joe Zanghi, here is the 40th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Video - 1973 - 2013. This video displays the "completion" viewing of Chapel Avenue's two-mile avenue of continuous rows of blossoming cherry trees extending from Haddonfield Road to Kings Highway in Cherry Hill, NJ.
The first cherry tree was planted on Chapel Avenue in 1973 and the first Cherry Blossom Parade marched on Chapel Avenue in the same year! These two events were presented to the community of Cherry Hill, by a small band of residents who wanted to bring the diverse community proudly together to celebrate all that was good and meaningful and the fine attributes of the Township of Cherry Hill.
On the 40th Anniversary of these two events, political approval was finally given to allow for the removal of the last 17 shade trees still standing among the two-mile rows of hundreds of cherry trees! The removal of all shade trees from Chapel Avenue took 40 years for a small group of supporters to achieve. Today only beautiful Kwansan cherry trees can be seen along the entire length of a two mile section of Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Cherry Hill Firefighters have been planting these cherry trees on Chapel Avenue for the past 40 years! American Legion Post 372 War Veterans have been placing American flags and yellow ribbons on the cherry trees since September 11, 2001 as a show of proud support to our country and our military. Chapel Avenue's cherry blossoms are Cherry Hill's living memorial to the 2,996 innocent victims that perished on September 11, 2001,
In total - through 40 years of varied community efforts - more than 1,464 cherry trees have been planted in Cherry Hill to unify the townspeople in a proud celebration of Cherry Hill.
Cherry Blossoms arrive in Cherry Hill, NJ toward the last two weeks of April! They are in bloom right now! All are welcomed to visit Cherry Hill to see this beautiful patriotic spectacle of a two mile avenue of blossoming cherry trees adorned with American flags and yellow ribbons.
If you are interested in learning more about this idealistic quest for Cherry Hill, please visit the cherry blossom website at: