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Photos courtesy of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and New York Department of Parks and Recreation

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Survivor Tree Seedling

This gift will stand as a living monument and serve as a national landmark of hope and resilience in our community that recognizes the strength of those that lost loved ones, courage of those who survived, and salutes those who risked their lives to help others.

"Our community is well aware of the challenges of recovery after immense tragedy, and of the continued pain and devastation such senseless attacks cause for those directly affected. I hope that you all find comfort in the expressions of compassion and solidarity from across the country and around the world, affirming that human dignity will always triumph over human depravity."

Alice M. Greenwald, President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum 

The development and lasting impression of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has served as a benchmark of compassion, craftsmanship and respectful remembrance that we strive to incorporate in the Santa Fe Ten Memorial.

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Ground zero

A broken and burnt Callery pear tree was the last thing to leave Ground Zero alive almost a month after the terrorist attack occurred on 9/11/2001.



The tree was nursed back to health with the help of tree experts from a Bronx nursery in Van Cortlandt Park, and returned to 9/11 Memorial Plaza nine years later.

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Today it stands as a powerful symbol of the transformation that often grows from grief and trauma.


Seedling program

Each year, since 2013, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum gift three seedlings from the original Survivor Tree to communities across the world that have suffered great tragedy. 

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The Santa Fe Ten Memorial Foundation has been selected as a 2021 recipient of a Survivor Tree seedling in recognition of our shared strength with the citizens of New York City.

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This gift of nature represents a healing promise of hope and the unshakeable spirit of growth and renewal that define our city, our nation, and the American people.

Media Highlights

National 9/11 Memorial & Museum | July 27, 2021 | Letter from Alice M. Greenwald, President & CEO


Official Press Release by National 9/11 Memorial & Museum | September 12, 2021 | "9/11 Survivor Tree Seedlings Inspire ResilienceSeedlings Are Donated to WHO and Communities in Norway and Texas Affected by Violence


Official Press Release by Santa Fe Ten Memorial Foundation | September 13, 2021 | "Santa Fe Ten Memorial Selected as a 9/11 Survivor Tree Seedling Recipient"

Santa Fe Ten Memorial Foundation Announcement Flyer | September 13, 2021 | "Santa Fe Ten Memorial 9/11 Survivor Tree Seedling 2021 Honoree"

ABC 13 | September 21, 2021 | "Santa Fe Ten Memorial getting seed of hope as recipient of 9/11 Survivor Tree Seedling"

Official Press Release by Santa Fe Ten Memorial Foundation | September 9, 2022 | "Santa Fe Ten Memorial Brings Educational Component to 9/11 Survivor Tree Program"

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