Moving of tree honoring 9/11 co-pilot Tom McGuinness debated

A 35-foot high red maple tree that was planted by the post office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to honor Tom McGuinness may be moved to accommodate a redevelopment project.

The tree was planted in September 2002 by Cheryl McGuinness Hutchins to remember her husband McGuinness, the co-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, who was killed by terrorists during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The tree bears a plaque reading, “In Memory of Tom McGuinness. We will never forget. 9-11-01. Joshua 24:15.”

Developers from Redgate/Kane have discussed the possible relocation of the tree to a planter nearby.

Portsmouth City Council held a meeting to discuss the issue, reports Jeff McMenemy of Seacoastonline.com. Many expressed the view that the tree should not be moved.

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