Planting in Paris of a tree donated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, will preside over the ceremony to celebrate the planting at the Quai d’Orsay of a tree donated by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
This event reflects the deep ties of friendship between France and the United States and our determination to work together to combat terrorism. This gift from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is an expression of solidarity with France following the terrorist attacks that plunged our country into mourning in 2015 and 2016.
The ceremony has been attended by Juliette Méadel, Minister of State for Victim Assistance, Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, and Uzra Zeya, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in France. Representatives of the families and associations of victims of terrorist attacks, students from the American School of Paris and members of the American community in France will also attend the event.
On September 18, Mr Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Minister of Foreign Affairs, received a Survivor Tree Seedling. The two other recipient communities were San Bernardino and Orlando, two cities also hit by violent attacks.
A Callery pear tree became known as the "Survivor Tree" after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.
Read the letter from Anthony Gardner, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union to Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.