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An offshoot of a gingko tree brought to Evanston and planted last fall in the Ladd Arboretum has made it through the cold and snow and dark, the polar vortices and thick, skidding ice of winter.

As reported in the RoundTable on Nov. 21, 2013, the sapling is an offshoot of one of about 170 trees in 55 locations within the roughly 1.2-mile radius of Hiroshima ground zero officially registered by the Municipality of Hiroshima as A-bombed trees, according to Green Legacy Hiroshima. After the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing, experts predicted that it would be 75 years before anything would grow there.

In May of 2013, as he was approaching the end of his term as president of Rotary International here, Sakuji Tanaka met with HidekoYamada, one of the founding members of Green Legacy Hiroshima to discuss planting a tree in the Rotary Garden here to commemorate the garden’s 50th anniversary,

Rotarian Dick Peach and his wife, Shelley, cared for the five saplings sent here, and this sapling was planted on Veterans’ Day 2103.

With the harsh winter past and the promise of summer at hand, the sapling and its message of peace are growing stronger.