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Ohio Man Plans NYC Trip to See Trees He Grew That Are For 9/11 Memorial

Van Wade stands by one of his swamp white oak trees at Wade and Gatton Nurseries in Ohio. Some of the oak trees selected for the 9/11 Memorial came from Van Wade’s nursery. (Jason J. Molyet/News Journal) Van Wade stands by one of his swamp white oak trees at Wade and Gatton Nurseries in Ohio. Some of the oak trees selected for the 9/11 Memorial came from Van Wade’s nursery. (Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)

Tree grower Van Wade apparently can pick out his swamp white oaks from the more than 200 others planted at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site.

"I saw my trees on TV a few times," during 10-year anniversary broadcasts, Van Wade told the Mansfield News Journal, which reported that some of the oaks that once grew at his Wade and Gatton Nurseries in Ohio are now among the trees at the 9/11 Memorial.

Wade, who plans to travel to lower Manhattan someday to see the memorial, said 47 of the trees selected for the memorial came from his nursery in Bellville about 65 miles north of Columbus, according to the report by Lou Whitmire.

The memorial has had more than one million visitors in the few months since its Sept. 12 opening to the general public. Read more about the memorial's tree selection here.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff