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September 11th

The True Story of the Tree That Survived 9/11 (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/23/2014 06:00AM

The last living thing to leave Ground Zero was a pear tree.

A Callery pear tree, specifically. The tree was discovered in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11, and though it was heavily damaged, it's since been nursed back to health in the Bronx and is being returned to the National 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

This is its story.

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WATCH: Powerful Time-Lapse Shows Construction of National September 11 Memorial & Museum

UpdatePosted 05/16/2014 02:25PM

WATCH: Powerful Time-Lapse Shows Construction of National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Originally posted 05/16/2014 10:30AM

The entirety of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will soon be open to the public.

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5 Things to Know About the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (VIDEO)

UpdatePosted 05/15/2014 04:15PM

5 Things to Know About the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/15/2014 02:15PM

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens to the public May 21, preceded by a ceremony Thursday with President Barack Obama, families and officials. Here are five things to know about the museum:

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Paul Simon's Heartbreaking 'Sound of Silence' at Ground Zero

Originally posted 09/11/2011 12:55PM



"Hello darkness, my old friend …"

A somber Paul Simon performed an emotionally wrenching version of "Sound of Silence" at Ground Zero during Sunday's ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Tears flowed among the crowd of victims' relatives and dignitaries gathered on the Twin Towers site as Simon sang the Simon & Garfunkel hit to the accompaniment of his acoustic guitar.

Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Tears, Prayers for 10th Anniversary of 9/11 | Barack Obama

Ground Zero: Tears, Prayers for 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Originally posted 09/11/2011 12:35PM

Beneath a hazy New York sky, thousands of family members and dignitaries gathered at Ground Zero on Sunday in a tear-filled ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. 



Mayor Michael Bloomberg recalled the sunny September morning that turned into "the blackest of nights."



"Although we can never un-see what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have grown into young adults, grandchildren have been born and good works and public service have taken root to honor those we loved and lost," Bloomberg says.



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Meet a Four-Legged Inspiration from 9/11

She Had Moxie: One 9/11 Canine's Inspirational Story

Originally posted 09/10/2011 10:10AM

She had been trained to find survivors, to follow the scent of someone alive and in need of help.

On Sept. 11, 2001, and in the week following, a search-and-rescue dog named Moxie worked 12-hour days at the World Trade Center site. She found no survivors, but her efforts were not in vain – and she didn't go unnoticed, either.

"You couldn't walk through the site without people stopping to pet your dog," Moxie's handler, Mark Aliberti, tells PEOPLE. "The F.D.N.Y. guys would want to hug your dog because they hadn't seen theirs for days. It keeps you motivated."

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Somber Tributes Mark 4th 9/11 Anniversary | Michael Bloomberg

Somber Tributes Mark 4th 9/11 Anniversary

Originally posted 09/12/2005 07:00AM

Sunday marked a somber fourth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, with more than 600 siblings of those who perished at New York City's World Trade Center returning to the site and promising their dead brothers and sisters that they would never be forgotten.

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