News / USA

Arboreal Survivor of 9/11 is Alive, and Well

Arboreal Survivor of 9/11 is Alive, and Welli
X
September 05, 2013 3:09 PM
Joyce Kilmer, an American poet who died in 1918, wrote a famous poem called Trees. It opens with: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” In 2013, if alive, he could have written about a tree that loves life and defeated tragedy. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports on a New York tree that survived the 9-11 terrorist attack.

Arboreal Survivor of 9/11 is Alive, and Well

Bernard Shusman
— Joyce Kilmer, an American poet who died in 1918,  wrote a famous poem called Trees. It opens with: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” In 2013, if alive, he could have written about a tree that loves life and defeated tragedy. One New York tree survived the 9-11 terrorist attack.

On September 11, 2001, after the attack on New York's World Trade Center, all that remained was death and destruction. But, there was a surprise. One sole tree survived.

It stands today in the midst of the September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan, strong and very much alive. It wasn’t expected to live.

Richie Cabo from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department said rescue workers found it under the rubble and decided to bring it to the city’s largest nursery. "The tree was a 30-foot tree. When the buildings fell on it, it got decapitated. So when we got it it was only about seven feet tall, and had like three branches and a few leaves on it."

Cabo and his team stabilized the tree and it spent nine years in the nursery.

“You can see that this is prior to 9/11 and after it is the new growth, the smooth bark. So this tree tells exactly what happened to it,” he said.

Two years ago, the tree - a variety called Callery pear - was returned to its rightful place, along with transplanted trees.

Related storify of social media images of the September 11 Tribute in Light



Eddie Gindi, an executive at the nearby Century 21 discount department store, couldn’t wait to see it. “And, I went back to my office, and I actually shed a few tears, and these lyrics came out and I wrote this song.” And he produced a music video.

“And it survived it, persevered. It made it much like I did through that time, much like my company did, much like New York did, much like America did," said Gindi.

On a recent day, Gindi met up with Richie Cabo at the Memorial. “You guys of the Parks Department, and I mean this from my heart, and I said this before, you’re heroes," said Gindi to Cabo.

Century 21 is selling the "Survivor Tree" recording to raise funds for Tuesday’s Children, an organization that supports those directly affected by the attacks: children and families of the people killed on that day.    More than $200,000 dollars has been raised.

You May Like

Is Air Travel Safe?

Aviation expert says despite tragic losses of Malaysian Airlines flights 370 and 17, industry experienced lowest fatality rate in recorded history last year More

Multimedia 100 Days Later, Nigerian Girls Still Held

Activists holding rallies in Nigeria and several other countries to mark 100th day of captivity for more than 200 schoolgirls being held by Boko Haram More

Chocolate Too Bitter? Swap Sugar for Mushrooms

US food technology company develops fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans, believes it will cut sugar content in candy More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
September 06, 2013 12:17 AM
How wonderful for suffered people to see the revival of an arboreal tree once decapitated! I hope it and planted trees along side would keep thriving as well as the heartland of New York. In Japan, there is a similar story but a tree died at last after tsunami disaster in March 11, 2001. The tree was called miracle lone pine which survived only one among 70,000 of the majestic pines all had been wiped away. Unfortunately it died several months later, but more than a million dollars were raised and it was restored using the original trunk and branches and leaves of resin. Now it stands in the exact same spot. It is a symbol of reconstruction and encouraging local people. Thank You.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israeli
X
Carolyn Presutti
July 23, 2014 1:21 AM
The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video US Carriers Suspend Travel to Israel

The United States is prohibiting American carriers from flying to Israel's airport in Tel Aviv for 24 hours, because of rising violence between Israel and Hamas militants. The action was announced on Tuesday, after a rocket fired by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip landed near the airport. As VOA's Carolyn Presutti tells us, international officials soon may have to determine which combat zones are too dangerous for commercial flights.
Video

Video NASA Focuses on Earth-Like Planets

For decades, looking for life elsewhere in the universe meant listening for signals that could be from distant civilizations. But recent breakthroughs in space technology refocused some of that effort toward finding planets that may harbor life, even in its primitive form. VOA’s George Putic reports on a recent panel discussion at NASA’s headquarters, in Washington.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video US Awards Medal of Honor for Heroics in Bloodiest of Afghan Battles

U.S. combat troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, on pace to leave the country by the end of this year. But on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama took time to honor a soldier whose actions while under fire in Afghanistan earned him the Medal of Honor. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more from the Pentagon.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.

AppleAndroid