What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Tree That Would Not Be Broken



Described by one of the recovery workers as the last living thing to leave the World Trade Center site alive after 9/11, the Callery pear tree known as the Survivor Tree somehow made it through the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The tree was discovered in the rubble at Ground Zero, and things didn’t look too good for the poor thing. It had been burned, its roots were exposed and broken, and its branches were mostly snapped off. But someone took pity on the poor tree, handing it over to the capable care of the NYC Parks Department, who nursed it back to life.

The tree was replanted on the site once the new construction was finished. It now serves as a living symbol of resilience and survival.

National Geographic sponsored a lovely short film about the tree’s history. I hope you find it as moving as I did.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree every year to grow new trees (and new hope) around the world. You can read more about the Seedling Program on the Museum’s website.

Wishing everyone peace and healing.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “The Tree That Would Not Be Broken

  1. How special that they were able to save it. there is aspecial tree at the church too. I remember reading about it.

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  2. What a beautiful story. I always get triggered and cry when I see footage…however brief…of the towers being hit and falling down. The lovely story of this tree made the pain of viewing that brief footage worth it. I wonder how many americans have PTSD over seeing those towers smoke. Glad you shared this one!

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  3. I love the symbolism of this tree surviving, despite its damage, and going on to thrive.

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing this little doc. It was the first I was aware of this tree. Its will was strong. What a lovely story.

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  5. Oh, the little tree that could. I love it.

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  6. It’s miraculous what a lot of tender loving dedication and care can do… it somehow goes a little way to counteract all the devastation. :’-(

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