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Trees planted at La Brea Tar Pits for 9/11 victims

September 9, 2011 12:58:18 AM PDT
In remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks, dozens gathered at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles on Friday to plant trees in honor of those who lost their lives.

The ceremony to commemorate first responders and victims was held at the George C. Page Museum. Six trees were planted near the museum, and six more will be planted on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,978 trees.

The Hollywood Los Angeles Beautification Team has been planting trees for the past nine years. Each tree represents a life that was lost in the Sept. 11 attacks.

"To remember the lessons learned from Sept. 11 and even today for this ceremony, to honor the people who serve us every single day," Brad Burlingame said.

Brad Burlingame is the brother of Capt. Charles Burlingame, who was the pilot of Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon.

"What we saw in the animation from the data recorder was clearly a fight for your life, hand-to-hand combat, in my mind. Obviously, they were overcome. My brother was violently murdered in the cockpit of his plane," Brad Burlingame said.

A Chinese Flame Tree was planted seven years ago for Charles Burlingame.

"When I'm challenged on a particular task, I think about my brother," Brad Burlingame said. "It inspires me, and I'll get the job done."