November 10, 2021

Peace Tree planted near City’s Veterans Memorial Park

Earlier today, the City of Happy Valley planted a special ginkgo seedling grown from seeds collected in Hiroshima. The seeds came from trees that survived the atomic bombing of the Japanese city in 1945. Similar seedlings have also been planted around Oregon within the last several years, all with the purpose to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and encourage peace. Here, City Councilor Brett Sherman (far left) and City Councilor David Emami (center), are joined by Jim Gersbach from the Oregon Department of Forestry to commemorate the occasion. Happy Valley’s ginkgo tree is planted near the City’s Veterans Memorial Park and serves as a sign of hope – that even amid unexpected devastation and loss of life, there can be hope for recovery and the future. Learn more about this program and the significance of these seedlings at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/forestbenefits/Pages/hiroshima-peace-trees.aspx