of us will ever forget September 11, 2001, when a brutal act of
terrorism destroyed The World Trade Center, killing thousands of
innocent Americans. Amazingly, some trees near
the site in lower Manhattan survived the devastation and produced seeds
that autumn. On April 5, 2002 seeds were collected from several of the
surviving trees closest to the site. Even though they were encased in
dust, the Sycamore seeds germinated in Union
County College’s greenhouses. The parent tree witnessed one of the
worst moments in American history, and its offspring will serve as a
memorial and reminder of the tragedy that touched all of us.
As this tree matures it could be viewed as a symbol of recovery and renewed hope.