- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Japanese government has given a tree to honor New Mexico veterans to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque reports (http://bit.ly/1NM4fKa) the cherry tree was planted during a ceremony at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial on Saturday.

Officials say the gift is intended to commemorate 70 years since Japan’s formal surrender.

Gov. Susana Martinez says the cherry tree will symbolize the lasting friendship between the people of Japan and New Mexico.

The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver was there to offer the tree.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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