|2,997 flags, one for each person who died in the attacks, via|
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The Survivor TreeHave you heard about the survivor tree? I love this story. They say that the survivor tree was the last living thing pulled from the rubble of Ground Zero. It was not even found until weeks after the attacks. When they did find it, most of it's branches had been crushed by the towers and it's trunk scarred, but someone decided they should try to save it.
It was moved to a nursery in the outskirts of NYC and amazingly nursed back to health. One of the project managers at the memorial, Ron Vega, made it his personal mission to make sure the tree had a special place on the site. He was a first responder to the scene on 9/11 and must have felt a special connection to the tree. He is profiled in Rising and it is such a moving story. The survivor tree was brought back to the 9/11 Memorial site in December of 2010 and is now thriving in a prominent spot at the site. I watched the tree being brought back in on the special, it was such a triumph to see it return to the site.
|Arriving at the site, almost 10 years later. Via|
|The survivor tree blooms at the site, photo by Amy Dreher, via|
I can't think of a better sign of hope...
|Gorgeous pictures taken by the 9/11 memorial photographer, Amy Dreher|
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero will air in it's entirety on Sunday, September 11th beginning at 5PM EST on Science. You can learn more about the series here.
To learn more about the 9/11 Memorial site where the survivor tree is housed visit here.