9/11 museum launches 'Survivor Tree' program
- September 11, 2013 - 9:18 PM
Museum launches ‘the survivor tree’
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is launching a seedling program based on the Survivor Tree, a pear tree pulled from the World Trade Center rubble after 9/ 11.
The museum says seedlings from the tree will be sent to what it calls “resilient communities” that embody “the spirit of the Survivor Tree.” Communities that have been selected for the inaugural launch are: Boston, in honor of the marathon bombing victims; Prescott, Ariz., for the 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in June; and the Far Rockaways in New York City, which were devastated last year by superstorm Sandy.
fewer fear they’ll be terror attack victims
Fewer Americans fear their families could become victims of a terror attack, according to a new poll. Thirty percent of those surveyed in a poll conducted by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research are a “great deal” or “somewhat” concerned that they or their loved ones could be harmed by terrorists. That’s the lowest level in polling on the subject dating back to 2004.
Boston apologizes for fire drill at airport
Officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport are apologizing for holding a fire drill, complete with smoke and flames, on the 12th anniversary of the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The two hijacked jets that were flown into the World Trade Center towers flew out of Logan. The runway fire drill, announced on the airport’s Facebook page, drew harsh condemnation on social media sites. The Massachusetts Port Authority, the agency that runs the airport, said that it “apologizes for conducting the fire training exercise and understands that it may have offended many of those touched by the events of Sept. 11.”
Several events were held at the airport to mark the day. “How clueless and insensitive can you be,” one woman wrote on the airport’s Facebook page.
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