The National Park Service (NPS) today announced the arrival of 40 sweet gum trees donated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site (9/11 Memorial) to the Flight 93 National Memorial. Three of the trees will be planted during an upcoming ceremony on Saturday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET at the memorial site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The ceremonial planting of the sweet gum trees will take place near the memorial’s new visitor shelter and memorial walk. The remaining 37 trees will be planted between the memorial’s wall of names and the western overlook during the next several weeks. David Beamer, a board member of the 9/11 Memorial whose son, Todd Beamer, died with the other passengers on Flight 93 said, “These trees, living and growing will show the inexorable link between Ground Zero and Shanksville. They will be a lasting and living testimony that the 40 of Flight 93 areremembered by New York.”
The first phase of the memorial is currently under construction and will be dedicated on September 10, 2011. “Trees are key elements of the memorial’s design, symbols of hope that will provide a welcoming experience to our visitors,” said Keith Newlin, Superintendent, National Parks of Western Pennsylvania. “The people of New York, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and its president, Joseph Daniels, have made a wonderful contribution to the Flight 93 National Memorial. These 40 sweet gums represent the everlasting ties of history between our two memorial sites.”
The planting of the sweet gum trees is the first instalment of a design that called for the planting of more than 100,000 trees at the memorial site. The plan includes the creation of 40 Memorial Groves comprising 40 trees each that will encircle the Field of Honor. Additional private funding is needed to ensure the proper care of these trees as living memorials to the heroes of Flight 93.
Each sweet gum tree is approximately 30-plus feet high and weighs approximately 20,000 pounds. To make the 300-mile journey from New Jersey to the Flight 93 National Memorial, the sweet gums were transported on specialized flatbed trailers. The trees are being transported, replanted, and cared for by Environmental Tree and Design, Inc. of Tomball, Texas.
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