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Cherry blossom stamps to be issued this Saturday

The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a Cherry Blossom Centennial Forever Stamp on March 24. (USPS)

The U.S. Postal Service will begin selling its Cherry Blossom Centennial stamps — featuring the famous pink and white blooms — this Saturday to commemorate the trees’ 100th anniversary in the nation’s capital.

The two 45-cent Forever stamps form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of cherry trees blooming around the Tidal Basin.

The left stamp features two girls dressed in bright kimonos and a family, with the Washington Monument in the background.

The right stamp depicts a group of ubiquitous D.C. tourists and the Jefferson Memorial.

View Photo Gallery: This spring, the nation celebrates 100 years since the Japanese gave us the iconic cherry trees that flourish around the Tidal Basin.

According to the USPS, the stamps memorialize Japan’s gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees in 1912, and celebrate the friendship between America and Japan.

This is the third time in the last 100 years that the stamp design has been based on the blossom.

The stamps will be dedicated and available for purchase on Saturday.

More cherry blossom coverage:

Special Report: 100 years of blossoms in D.C.

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