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Posted on: December 3, 2019

Dominion Energy Donates $5,000 Towards Clarksburg’s Survivor Tree Memorial/First Responders Park

Survivor Tree check presentation 12-3-19

Dominion Energy Donates $5,000 Towards Clarksburg’s Survivor Tree Memorial/First Responders Park

A check presentation took place Tuesday, December 3rd for the Survivor Tree Memorial/First Responders Park which is located in the courtyard next to the Harrison County Board of Education. 

The City of Clarksburg, led by Councilman James Malfregeot, obtained a Survivor Tree from Ground Zero. In October 2001, a pear tree which is now known as the “Survivor Tree” was discovered at Ground Zero of the 9/11 terror attacks at the World Trade Center.  The tree was rehabilitated and now stands as a symbol of resilience and healing.  The Survivor Tree Seedling Program began in 2013, and each year, the 9/11 Memorial designates three (3) communities to receive a seedling from the Survivor Tree.

When asked why Clarksburg and the State of West Virginia should receive one, Councilman Malfregeot responded, “Since 1886, West Virginia has lost 2,676 coal miners in mine disasters”. Their response was, “Say no more”.

Christine Mitchell, External Affairs Manager at Dominion Energy said, “The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is privileged to support this community initiative as it honors the lives lost on September 11th and offers encouragement to the loved ones who carry on after that dreadful day. This location has particular importance to our company as the site of our former transmission headquarters, and we commend the City of Clarksburg for their commitment to this worthy cause.”

With this new First Responders Park which displays the Survivor Tree seedling, we are honoring all who serve. The City of Clarksburg is grateful to those who have helped bring his dream to fruition.

A Dedication Ceremony was previously held in June of this year. www.CityofClarksburgWV.com

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