9/11 museum unveils Survivor Tree seedling program

A flower lies atop names of victims at the 9/11 Memorial on September 10, 2013 in New York City. John Moore/Getty Images

NEW YORK – The National Sept. 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 “resilient communities” that embody “the spirit of the Survivor Tree.”

Three communities have been selected for the inaugural launch.

They are Boston, Mass., in honour of the marathon bombing in April, Prescott, Ariz., for the 19 firefighters who died in June, and the Superstorm Sandy-devastated Far Rockaways in New York.

Representatives from each community will be present at a ceremony on Wednesday in Citi Field to announce the program.