The Survivor Tree

Last time I was in New York City, I did what I always do, visit Ground Zero.  I pay my respect to the thousands of men, women, and children who lost their lives and say prayers for the many people who have to live with the loss from that tragic day.

The last time I was there, I noticed something I hadn’t the previous times.

The Survivor Tree at Ground Zero

The Survivor Tree

It was a tree that had endured the horrific terrorist attacks that happen on September 11, 2001 to the World Trade Center.  This little tree, a callery pear tree to be exact, had been burned, had it’s roots ripped from its trunk, and rubble covering it when this tree was found.  The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation took the callery pear tree in it’s care to rehabilitate it back to health.  After years of care, the tree was then returned back to the 9/11 Memorial sight in 2010.

When I was there in the spring time, the tree was just starting to blossom, it looked sturdy and healthy.  Every year this tree grows stronger and stronger just like the people of our nation.

 Today, The Survivor Tree stands as a reminder of the resilience of the people of our great country, The United States of America.


  1. Carol Cassara says:

    I like the survivor tree, too. I think it, standing alone, would say everything that needs to be said. I have to admit that I was offended by the scale of the memorial and how cold it seemed. We are a very over-the-top society about these things. I know I have a little different take on the memorial and I did blog about it once, but it is not a popular view.

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