Memorial for Kirkwood native who died on 9/11

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WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY ( KTVI )- A Kirkwood native was on the 92nd floor of the North Tower when  the first plane hit.  A tree has been planted in Queeny Park  in honor of the victim. Kirkwood native  David Nelson perished on that day, 13 years ago, when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center .

Nelson was a 1969 graduate of Kirkwood High School and worked in the World Trade Center the day of the attack. Due at a meeting in Uptown Manhattan, Nelson  never made it . He was 50-years-old. "All across  America,  not just for the people in New York.  Many  times it's so far away , that you don't think that it touches our lives,  but it does , He's from here and his roots are here," said Sandy Young.

Now a memorial stands tall in Queeny Park for the Kirkwood native. A  tree was  planted along with a plaque and a bench in David's memory . It  gives a little  comfort to those who knew David through the years. Those who gathered Thursday to honor David say it's much easier to  remember the wonderful things and visit a tree than to visit a grave site. "We are happy that we can go by and at least  look at him and remember that he tragically lost his life.  It gives us some peace  knowing that we have a place to go, " said Julie  Engelbrecht. "Living trees  represent life, rather than a tombstone. It reminds you of death. David Nelson lives on with this tree for many years and hopefully it will stand forever and ever, " said Nancy Rucker.

Nelson left behind a wife and two children . His children were just 8 and 4 when they lost their father.