Cherry Blossom Trees were a gift from Japan. They have since also given us Toyota, Betamax, and Hyrbid Vehicles. I'm not sure we're that deserving.
In any event, DC's Tidal Basin is surrounded by Cherry Blossom Trees. Any Fairfax Tree Service Company would be proud to maintain these trees. My parents are proud to have them in our town. My nephews are proud to climb them (even though they're from evil, evil, Minneapolis).I guess I'm proud of them, too (although not as proud as I am of my Betamax).
While I can make it a drunken mess, the National Cherry Blossom Festival really is an exceptional event. People travel from all over the country for it. Usually the only reasons that people visit DC are for school field trips, or to be indicted, so it's a nice change of pace.
The Cherry Blossoms are now gone, but they'll be back again next year. And I will be drunk.