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Yellow Ribbon Tied To WTC Tree Ahead Of Veterans Day As Special Gesture Of Honor

Cpl. Jason Dunham arriving in Iraq in early 2004.

The family of Cpl. Jason Dunham, who is from New York and was killed in Iraq, would receive a Gold Star Plate if they resided in New Jersey. (Credit: Marine Corps Times)

NEW YORK (AP) – On the eve of the Veterans Day parade, the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center staged a special gesture of honor: veterans tying yellow ribbons to a tree that survived the terror attack.

More than 100 ribbons were distributed at the Saturday morning ceremony. A wreath was laid near the tree, which thrives more than a decade after it emerged from the smoking rubble.

Standing for a moment of silence were veterans of wars from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as active service members and Joe Daniels, president of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

They heard a violist playing “Amazing Grace” as ribbons were wrapped around the branches of  the “survivor tree.”

On Sunday, New York will honor veterans with a parade up Fifth Avenue.

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