This is a tree that stands in the 9/11 memorial and it’s my favorite tree in the whole world.
From the 9/11 memorial website, “A callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.”
A tree that represents so much and is a small beacon of hope that came out of a day so dark for so many.
To those lost and those who lost loved ones on that horrible day, to the first responders, to firefighters everywhere, to everyone impacted on 9/11 and to the many that helped in the recovery in the long days after. To those who have fought and still fight for our freedom. To that city that I love so much. We will never forget.