AUGUSTA (AP) – An American elm seedling from a tree at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was planted Friday on the lawn of the Maine governor’s mansion by Gov. John Baldacci and first lady Karen Baldacci.

The elm was given to Mrs. Baldacci by Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry when Mrs. Baldacci attended a first-spouses conference in Oklahoma. The seedling came from the so-called “Survivor Tree,” a 90-year-old elm that withstood the attack on the Murrah Federal Building 12 years ago. Other “Survivor Tree” seedlings have been planted in communities across the country.

Maine’s governor issued a statement saying the tree’s planting is a testament to “the courage and tenacity shown by the survivors of the Oklahoma City attack.”


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