Two local sources of history will be honored Friday at a ceremony in Rosemont, according to the Sacramento City Unified School District.
, a Rosemont author who has written about her internment during World War II, and a rare pink almond tree in Rancho Cordova, will be honored by the district's Adult Education Department and the Rancho Cordova Historical Society.
The ceremony will take place at noon Friday at , 3340 Bradshaw Rd.
"At the 'Kiyo’s Tree' ceremony, a common white-blossoming almond tree will be planted at the school," the district said in a press release. "The goal is to eventually graft the rare pink tree onto this one to create a lasting legacy to Sato, says Dr. Susan Gilmore, director of Adult Education."
“Kiyo is such a special person in our community,” the press release quoted Gilmore as saying. “She is a symbol of strength and character and perseverance. And so is her almond tree.”
The rare pink tree, located near the Rancho Cordova Library, was chopped down about 15 years ago–but has since begun to grow again.
"As a young girl attending Edward Kelley School, Sato says she often admired the pretty tree and was horrified as an adult when it was felled," the press release states.