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Tree Planting Ceremony at Pentagon Honors Victims of September 11th Attacks

Press Release - Thursday, November 9, 2006


WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A tree planting ceremony took place today at 1:00 pm outside the Metro Entrance to the Pentagon to honor the lives lost in the attacks of September 11th. The Hampton, Virginia City Council began a program in December of 2001 named "Planting Trees of Hope in the Soils of Justice" in response to the attacks on America. 

"As a representative of the family members who lost a loved one on September 11th here in this building I just want to say 'thank you' to the Hampton Council and all of those gathered here for this ceremony," said Rosemary Dillard, Vice-President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. "This tree is a generous gesture and a meaningful reminder that those whose lives were lost here will never be forgotten." 

The tree, a Holly Tree, is the first of three "Trees of Hope" the Hampton City Council plans on planting. The other two will be planted in New York City close the World Trade Center crash site and in Somerset County, PA close to the Flight 93 crash site. 

Hampton City Councilwoman Angela Lee Leary commented, "May this tree flourish here, nourished through this mix of sacred soil, and may people always return to this special place for reflection and rededication, thereby renewing our hope, now and forever." 

The "Tree of Hope in the Soils of Justice" tree plantings became an official proclamation of the City of Hampton on December 11th, 2001. The City Council of Hampton has proclaimed each September 11th for the past five years as a Day of Remembrance and Hope. 

About the Pentagon Memorial Fund: 

The Pentagon Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization established by the families of the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Washington, DC. The Memorial Fund's mission is to provide for the construction and permanent maintenance of the Pentagon Memorial, a beautiful park located at the grounds of the attack that will provide a place for reflection, remembrance and renewal. For more information about the Pentagon Memorial Please visit