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    Posted September 8, 2011 by
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    Office plant from Twin Towers survives atop "The Pile", a symbol of hope and life


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JTD58 has been caring for this plant for a few years. A friend found it and started raising it, but then had to move out of the country for a while. Read more about this plant in a story.
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    Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11/01, the head of research for Alcatel/Lucent Technologies was asked to assess communication capabilities at "ground zero" after the antennae came down with the buildings. Standing atop "The Pile", Gee Rittenhouse noticed an incongruent shape in the monochromatic dust & debris. It turned out to be a plant, presumably one that once served as an office plant from the upper floors of the Towers. He placed the ball of roots and twigs into a plastic bag and brought it home. It revived! These 10 years later, it lives, having risen like a phoenix from the ashes, as a symbol of hope, life and comfort to those who lost loved ones on that fateful day. Though the species has yet to be determined, it is a very hardy perrenial, with dark green glossy leaves. The flowers seem like little honeysuckle flowers, with the scent of lemony jasmine. May this symbol of hope help to bring comfort to the nation, especially to those who lost loved ones. JTD

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