85 Seedlings From 9/11 'Survivor Tree' to Be Planted on Long Island
Other seedlings from the tree have been sent to Boston, the Department of Justice and Newtown, Connecticut
Eighty-five seedlings from the Callery Pear tree that ‘survived’ 9/11 are to be planted in 28 fire districts on Long Island for the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The tree, which still stands at the 9/11 memorial in Lower Manhattan, became a symbol of hope following the attacks, and was the subject of a short documentary, The Tree That Would Not Be Broken, released last year.
Seedlings from the tree have been cared for by students enrolled in John Bowne High School’s agricultural program in Flushing, Queens, for the last four years.
“What’s been really great for the kids, this will continue – the story of 9/11 will continue for generation to generation,” the school s assistant principal, Steven Perry, told CBS New York.
The trees will provide a living link to 9/11 in places where the attacks’ impact is still felt.
“These trees are now going to sites where firemen were involved in this day,” Perry said. “I didn’t think it would be as emotional as it was for me today. To see the kids loading the trees, to see the firefighters here it’s very emotional.”
Other seedlings from the survivor tree have been sent to the Department of Justice, Newtown, Connecticut (in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary), and Boston, Massachusetts, after the Boston Marathon bombing.