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We make a cross of nature..

Posted on 2012.04.06 at 21:08


Survivor Tree (Ulmus americana), Oklahoma City National Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK April 20, 2001

On April 19, 1995, a terrorist bomb killed 168 people in or near the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A previously unremarkable American elm in the parking lot across the street was stripped, scorched and blackened by the blast. Surprisingly, the tree releafed and became a symbol of resilience to the community and nation. During the design of the new National Memorial the survivors and surviving family members requested that the Survivor Tree take a prominent position. A state forester was assigned to assure its return to health. Aeration and watering systems were designed and installed under the present raised platform. The trench for the wall surrounding the tree was hand dug and roots were carefully bridged.

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