A Living Memorial Takes Root

Sep 12, 2018

A Fort Wayne firefighter plants flags at the Allen County Law Enforcement/Firefighter memorial on 9/11.
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A baby sapling Callery pear tree was planted Tuesday evening at the Allen County Law Enforcement/Firefighters Memorial. The tree is a descendent of The Survivors Tree--a pear tree discovered among the ruins of the World Trade Center shortly after the terrorist attacks.  The Survivors Tree is now a permanent part of the National 9/11 Memorial in New York.

Officials picked up the baby tree in Elkhart Tuesday afternoon. It arrived at the memorial with a police escort.
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A pair of Fort Wayne Fire Department captains applied to receive a descendent tree, given only to communities committed to nurturing it as part of a memorial.

Fort Wayne Fire captains Dennis Geer and James Noll carry the baby tree to its final resting place.
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The firefighters get the tree ready for planting.
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Jerry Vandeveer reads the history of The Survivor Tree at the National 9/11 Memorial.
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Toby Vonholt and Mark Bulman were honored to plant the memorial tree.
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