A birthday is a time to remember those no longer with us.
Ann Nelson's 'bucket list' inspired "Annie's House" at Bottineau Winter Park last fall --- and while trees were not on Ann's list, her mother says walking in the trees was a favorite pastime.
Traditionally, North Dakota observes Arbor Day on the first Friday in May.
This year, the state waited for the third Friday --- Ann Nelson's birthday.
Major General David Sprynzynatyk read a proclamation making the celebration at Annie's House in Bottineau today, the official 2013 Arbor Day in North Dakota --- where a tree was planted in Ann's memory.
Ann Nicole Nelson was the only North Dakota native to perish in New York's Twin Towers on 9-11-2001.
Annie's House was built in part by the New York Says Thank You project last fall.
Her mother, Jenette says she imagines this is how Ann would have spent her 42nd birthday --- among friends in her house.
The Bottineau Winter Park Board of Directors is working to raise the final $200,000 needed for remaining construction costs.
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