September 07, 2021

9/11 Survivor Tree

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The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (9/11 Day), is a chance to help others in tribute to those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, first responders, and the countless others who serve to defend the nation’s freedom at home and around the globe.

Tree lovers may be interested to know that a special tree exists that survived at ground zero, 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, planted in the 1970's, a severely damaged tree was discovered at Ground Zero, 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 9 year 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. The Callery pear tree is planted with 225 other swamp white oak trees. The Survivor Tree is a natural symbol of resilience, rebirth, and survival.  

The Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana) produces thousands of five-petal white flowers in early spring before leafing out for the summer. Callery pears are known to be incredibly resistant to disease and blight. 

September 11, 2021, is the 20th Anniversary of that tragic day. Join in, step forward to serve in a remarkable spirit of unity, honor, and compassion. Remember, even a small act of service is a giant act of patriotism. Share your service story and photos, and use #911Day on social media.

Volunteer: 9/11 Utah Day of Service Saturday, September 25th - Plant Trees with TreeUtah and Donate Food to the Olympus Food Pantry