US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Tuesday planted a tree to celebrate the eve of Tu b'shvat at the Yemin Orde Youth Village in the Carmel mountain range in the North on Tuesday.
The Yemin Orde Youth Village was severely damaged in the Carmel Fire in December of 2010.
"This is particularly meaningful to me as I still have the images of the raging fire, and the damage that it caused over a full year later. I feel blessed to have this opportunity, Erev Tu’B’shvat, to plant a tree in Israel, in Yemin Orde Youth Village, where I know that you, the children of Yemin Orde, will look after and nourish this sapling for many years to come," Shapiro said at the ceremony.
In addition to the planting of the sapling, Shapiro oversaw the placing of a plaque at the site, reading: "In recognition of the deep-rooted friendship, between our two nations, the United States of America and Israel. Tu B’Shvat , 5772."