We couldn't do our regular field trip last week because of spring break, but the entire family did see the cherry blossoms right when they first bloomed (and before the massive Easter weekend crowds). We walked down to the spot where this photo was taken (this is an AP photo).
We talked about the way Japanese, including US citizens, were treated in the US during WWII. That's more a story on from the west coast rather than the east coast, but people were constantly writing to DC during WWII demanding that the cherry trees all be destroyed. This photo and all it symbolizes is a lot more relevant this year than it ought to be.
There are new trees planted on the spot where this one was cut down.