Any American who was past of age of six at the time can remember what he or she was doing when he/she heard the horrific news. The memory of September 11th will last a life time for Americans of a certain age range. The tragedy dominated every broadcast throughout the country for many months as we all tried to process what had happened and tried to make sense out of the senseless. There were prayers, reports, rumors, and of course, war. Immediately people began trying to figure out how the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 should be honored.

Some people decided that a museum, which stands to this day, would be the most fitting way to honor and remember the victims of that day. Others pointed to nature as a means of memorializing the dead. Gardeners immediately begin trying to preserve some trees that had survived the explosions and subsequent collapse of the Towers. These landscapers had to deal with high pollution and high temperatures that would threaten these sturdy survivors. Eventually, they would decide to transplant several trees to the site and tend to what has come to be known as the ‘Survivor Tree’.

For you see trees have long been associated with beauty and permanence. The towers may have not been permanent but the memory of that day is etched upon the collective memories of a nation. Trees represent strength and the ability in us to outlast any adversity. The trees in the area of the museum have endured in all kinds of extremes following that fateful day.

Fact about the 9/11 Museum and the One World Observatory

One World Observatory:

  • Cost – $36 adults, $30 kids (6-12)
  • Hours – 9:00am until 9:00pm (last ticket sold at 8:15pm) Open seven days a week
  • Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10006

9-11 Museum:tree plaque

  • Cost: $36 adults, $30 kids (6-12)
  • Hours – Sun – Thu, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., last entry at 6 p.m. Fri and Sat, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., last entry at 7 p.m.
  • Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Again, people have long looked to nature as a means to memorialize and honor the dead. Our engraved tree tag helps survivors do just that. With a memorial plaque you will be letting the world know your devotion to your lost loved ones and that even in the midst of tragedy something good and true survives.