2002-10-19 / Community

Freedom Trees Are Coming

Freedom Trees Are Coming

The City Council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, chaired by Joseph Addabbo, has unanimously supported a resolution urging the city to plant "Freedom Trees" in every neighborhood throughout the city to honor the memory of those who died in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

"As chair of the Parks Committee, I believe that the planting of the Freedom Trees is another step in the right direction to honor all of those we lost on September 11," Addabbo said.

"Let freedom ring," said city councilman James Sanders, Jr., the prime sponsor of the resolution. "There is no better way to honor the heroes of 9/11 than with a living memorial that will be appreciated by future generations and provide rallying points for those who believe that the attack only strengthened our resolve."

Trees have long served as an American symbol of solidarity and patriotism. In colonial times, patriots came together under the "Liberty Trees" to advocate for independence. During the Revolutionary War, liberty trees were planted in each of the colonies and were often used as places for rallies and meetings.


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