- Survivor Trees
What is the Survivor Tree Project?
A continuing priority of the Bel Aire Tree Board is our Survivor Tree Project. The Survivor Tree is an American elm tree growing near the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. This tree survived the bombing of that building on April 19, 1995. Almost given up for dead, the tree was nursed back to health and is now a symbol of hope and resilience after tragedy. For a number of years, Tree Board members have obtained saplings grown from the seeds of this tree and have given them to various peoples and organizations.
Order of Survivor Tree Planting
|City of Bel Aire||Bel Aire City Hall||Gift|
|City of Greensburg, KS||Greensburg, KS||Survivors and those lost in the May 2007 tornado|
|V.A. Hospital||Wichita, KS||In honor of veterans|
|Wichita State University||Wichita, KS||In honor of those who died in the October 1970 WSU plane crash|
|Randy Jackson||Bel Aire, KS||Survivor of the October 1970 WSU plane crash|
|Dennis & Cheryl McCallum||Bel Aire, KS||Survivors of a July 2010 house fire|
|John Breen||Long Island, NY||Survivor of September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack|
|City of Reading, KS||Reading, KS||Survivors and those lost in the May 2011 tornado|
|City of Joplin, MO||Joplin, MO||Survivors and those lost in the May 2011 tornado|
|K9 Ditto||Springfield, MO||In honor of Oklahoma City bombing search & rescue dog|
|Sedgwick County Fire Department||Bel Aire, KS
|In honor of firefighters|
|Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum||Wichita, KS||Gift|
|Bartlett Arboretum||Belle Plaine, KS||Gift|
|Dyck Arboretum||Hesston, KS||Gift|
|Northeast Magnet High School||Bel Aire, KS||Gift|
|Virginia Crice-Scribner||Wichita, KS||In honor of her service as a first responder to the Oklahoma City bombing|
Survivor Tree Dedications
The Bel Aire Tree Board dedicated a Survivor Tree in honor of Sedgwick County Fire Station #37 on Arbor Day 2016.
Bel Aire Tree Board gifted Officer Virginia Crice-Scribner a Survivor Tree in honor of her service as a paramedic responding to the Oklahoma City bombing.