14 Sep 9-11 Survivor Tree memorial dedication
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, Concord Community Schools received a 9-11 Survivor Tree during a dedication ceremony at the Concord Township Fire Department.
As part of the event, the trees were escorted from the 9-11 Call Center on C.R.s 17 and 28, down U.S. 33, and then to the fire station. At that point, the trees were removed from the fire truck and placed for presentation.
During the ceremony, Concord Fire Chief Rich Rochford introduced some guests and then the group heard from Rep. Jackie Walorski, a representative from Sen. Joe Donnelly’s office, Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese and Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman. Finally, Chief Rochford shared some information about the trees before they were presented.
According to the 9-11 Survivor Tree website, a Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after the Sept. 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,” the website states. “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 total of 15 trees were presented to local agencies during the ceremony at the fire station.
On Friday, school leaders and a group of students from Mrs. Shoff’s environmental science class received the tree, which was planted on the front lawn of the Concord Education Center.
Taking possession of the 9-11 Survivor Tree means that it is Concord’s responsibility to provide the tree the honor it deserves. The tree features a Bartlett Tree Project/John Bowne High School Agricultural Department Medallion. Each medallion has a registry number which will be placed in the 9-11 Survivor Tree Memorial database so that others may have the opportunity to view it.
To learn more about the 9-11 Survivor Tree program, CLICK HERE.