The David M. Crowley Foundation sponsored an exhibition at the Ursuline Academy of Dallas to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The event featured the family members of hero FDNY Firefighters Kevin O'Rourke and Michael Lynch as part of a panel discussion for two student assemblies. The family members shared how they relied on their faith in Jesus Christ during the time their loved ones were missing in the rubble and to find peace knowing that these heroes died doing what they loved; helping people.

The exhibit also featured a special 9/11 "Texas Survivor Tree", cast with steel from the World Trade Center and Freedom Tower sculpted by Nicola McClean for a permanent display at the Ursuline Academy. This special survivor tree is covered in butterflies to symbolize hope & resurrection. The tree reminds us of the capacity of the human spirit to endure. "The Texas Survivor Tree" was generously commissioned by the David M. Crowley Foundation.

On September 11, 2016, Texas A&M University - San Antonio hosted the Ground Zero 360 Retrospective: 15 Years Later. Three first responder families who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center on 9/11 were present to participate in a permanent memorial and planting of a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree, the sole tree that remained after the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings. The Survivor Tree Memorial which honors the victims of 9/11, with a special emphasis on military victims, was generously donated by the Geroge and Fay Young Foundation, and is located in the Healing Garden adjacent to the University’s Patriots’ Casa—an academic home for the brave that provides academic, life and career skills support for military-affiliated students.