On September 11, 2001, a tree standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center towers remained a symbol of resilience and hope.
Parine Ladva stays at OC Grand Park.
Called the “Surviving Tree,” the Calvary Pearl is still in lower Manhattan. The burnt and broken branches were badly damaged about a month after the September 11 attacks, but the eyes of a trained horticulturist were full of hope.
“I saw that tree and said, ‘There is life,’ said Tom Larson, a city agronomist who volunteered with OC Great Park. There is life in the tree.
Ten years ago, Larson asked him to cut down a three-foot-tall tree from the main tree. He promised to grow them in the soil of Southern California, providing space and a message of hope for their branches.
Trees have grown over the past decade.
“Everyone has their own block, even your own house,” Larson said. People are broken, broken branches, broken hearts, broken souls, so we have to think about what we can do to make things better when we do not have those things.
Now Scout, who knows about the September 11 attacks, is working through the history books to build a permanent home for the trees. The Paris Ladva Eagle Scout Project – a square showing trees in the OCC Grand Park – took about a year to plan, with 40 volunteers and some heavy lifting.
Paris was not alive on September 11, 2001, but he admired one of his most important lessons.
“No matter what happens, there is always room for growth and development,” Lada said.
The Legacy complex is located near the entrance to the Great Park at the farm and food lab.
Other surviving trees are scattered around the world. They grow from the first tree seedlings distributed to traumatized communities.
Seedlings were sent to the Bahamas following Dorian. A.D. After killing 51 people in 2020, Christchurch, New Zealand, died. Las Vegas: Shooter Kills 58 at Harvest 91 San Bernardino, in memory of the 14 people who were shot dead in December 2015 and elsewhere.