Krista McNallySep 11, 2017, 10:29 pmSep 11, 2017, 10:55 pm

Eagle Scout creates walkway for living memorial of 9/11 attacks

Path loops around tree taken from World Trade Center where it withstood terror attack


A Yaphank pear tree with deep roots in the World Trade Center attacks received a special walkway from a Suffolk County Eagle Scout to memorialize those killed in 9/11.

On Monday, it served as a point of reflection for Suffolk police as they honored and remembered 9/11 victims.

The pear tree once stood at the World Trade Center and is now known as the "survivor tree."

"This tree is a graft of the tree that survived the 9/11 attacks," Suffolk County Chief of Police Stuart Cameron said.

Saplings have been shared with police and fire departments around the country. The little tree was planted outside of the Suffolk County Police Headquarters has a special memorial site thanks to Morse.

Liam Morse created a walkway around the tree which survived that horrific day 16 years ago for his Eagle Scout project.

"I talked to the police commissioner and the chiefs and they all said it would be great to acknowledge the tree because not many people knew what it was," Morse said.

With the plan in the works, his mother who is a Suffolk County police officer knew exactly the person to help with the project.

"...I have a family business that does paving stones," Suffolk police officer Frank Filiberto said.

Officer Frank Filiberto felt he had to help to honor those who lost their lives.

"I had the chance to give back and it felt really good to give back. I donated time, material, labor," Officer Filiberto said.

The tree serves as a living reminder of the hope and love that sprouted from a tragedy.

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