The centuries-old Cotton Tree in Sierra Leone, a national symbol for decades, was recently toppled by a violent storm. The tree had stood in the center of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, for over 340 years and served as a symbol of freedom, resilience, and unity for the citizens of Sierra Leone. The effects of the storm, which caused considerable damage in Freetown and its outskirts, were sadly felt most heavily around the Cotton Tree, where the strong winds felled the aged tree. It is a devastating loss for the people of Sierra Leone, who valued the historical icon so deeply. With the help of the local community, the fallen tree will remain in place and be commemorated as a beloved symbol of Sierra Leone’s history and pride.