Plot / Description
The Survivor Tree is a children's poem on behalf of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. It's the story of a lone pear tree at the World Trade Center that miraculously survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. Discovered in the rubble by recovery workers and nursed back to health, the Survivor Tree has become a metaphor for hope and the resilience of the human spirit.
From the worst day of all to my comeback with glory, I'm the survivor tree. This is my story. I was a strong pear tree at the World Trade Center. I was strong every Spring, I was strong every Winter. One day in September when the buildings came down, it was the worst day of all. It was the worst day around. We lost family and friends. There was darkness and flashes. I fell to the ground, surrounded by ashes. Then the whole world felt sad, and I really did too. But we all came together, helped each other pull through. And the workers, they found me, but I was in trouble. Because I'd spent more than a month, buried in rubble. My branches were torn and my trunk was all black. And they worried that none of my leaves would grow back. But one branch proclaimed "I'm alive! I'm alive!". My leaves said to the world, I was gonna survive. When they took me to heal I was treated with care and my branches grew 30 feet in the air. You can see in my trunk where I go light from dark, where my limbs were reborn, where I grew brand new bark. My blossoms remind us how strong we all are. I'm a living reminder how we rose from the dark. With the power of hope there's just one way to sum it. There's nothing so bad that we can't overcome it.
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A symbol of hope and rebirth, the Survivor Tree stands tall today.
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