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Boy Scouts plant new tree for 9/11 memorial in Weare

Union Leader Correspondent

September 11. 2017 8:46PM
On Monday Boy Scouts Jack Barnes and Chris Seaver say the Pledge of Allegiance near the new tree they'd planted a day earlier in Weare. They planted the tree in memory of those who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

Barnes and Seaver were helped by their fellow scouts with the project. The tree was planted Sunday. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

WEARE — Dozens gathered on Monday to celebrate a Boy Scout project that’s been about a year in the making.

Boy Scouts Jack Barnes and Chris Seaver have been raising money for the new tree that will stand with the town’s 9/11 memorial next to the American Legion hall.

The previous tree — a Liberty Elm tree — had been planted in 2002, but eventually became sick and died, toppling over during a windstorm.

So to replace it, Barnes and Seaver researched which types of trees best thrive in the New Hampshire climate, and worked with Darren Black, owner of StoneFalls Garden in Henniker, to find the right fight.

The whole process started back in January, Seaver said.

The new tree — an October Glory Maple tree — was planted Sunday, and a special ceremony was held Monday to showcase the boys’ efforts, with family, friends and town officials gathered.

Both boys said they were glad to see the final result of their work.

“I feel great,” Barnes said, adding that the project is a great way to honor those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It will always be here,” Seaver said.

Seaver and Barnes said they were also grateful for the help they received from the community through donations and town approvals for the project. Rob Yell, a former Scoutmaster, also helped to dig the hole for the tree on Sunday.

“We had lots of help from the community,” Seaver said.

Work will continue to finish the memorial. The town is currently revamping the plaque that will sit underneath it, and members of the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will work in shifts to make sure that the tree is properly watered.

The maple needs about five gallons of water a day for the next month in order to thrive, said Troop 24 Scoutmaster Mike Provencher.

Provencher said he’s proud of Barnes and Seaver for spearheading the project, as well as the other Scouts who helped them along the way.

“I couldn’t be prouder of them,” he said. “This is something that takes planning. It takes work. It’s awesome to see.”

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