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Living Memorial Takes Root In Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE — A group of Fayetteville volunteers helped create a living memorial in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

North Carolina's Cooperative Extension Service

kicked off its Trees of Strength campaign on Monday.

Volunteers held the tree planting ceremony at Fayetteville's fire station No. 1. They say that the tree will be a constant reminder of those who died in the attacks and those who protect our country.

"Instead of just a cold statue or some kind of concrete or granite memorial, this is a living memorial that'll be here long when we're gone. Hopefully there will be a plaque there and people years from now will be able to see that and know what happened on that day," said volunteer Debra Ryan.

The goal of the campaign is to plant a tree at every fire department, police station and government building in the state.

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