Remembering the Victims of 9/11.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Fourteen years have passed since the September 11th terrorist attack, but the memory still lives on and its pain still sears the heart.
The 9/11 ceremony was attended by members of the bereaved families, the US ambassador to Israel, the KKL-JNF world chairman and ambassadors and diplomats from over thirty different countries.
The monument in memory of the victims, which was established by KKL-JNF in the Jerusalem Park’s Arazim Valley with the support of its Friends in the USA, calls for peace among the nations.
“Where, if not in Israel, surrounded by friends who truly understand our pain, can we Americans mourn our citizens who were struck down by terrorism?” asked US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro rhetorically. “This memorial site symbolizes our shared values, our respect for the fallen and our commitment to a safer future.”
In his speech Ambassador Shapiro stressed the United States’ commitment to remain in the forefront of the struggle against terrorism and to continue to cooperate with Israel in order to help it maintain its military superiority.
The memorial site was established with funds donated by Ed Blank and family of New York and the legacy of the late Bronka Stavsky Rabin Weintraub, Friends of JNF USA. The bronze monument, which towers to a height of thirty feet, depicts a US flag progressively folded into the shape of a memorial flame. The base of the monument is inlaid with a large metal shard from the wreckage of the Twin Towers of New York. The names of the 2,996 victims are displayed on memorial plaques around the sides of the plaza that surrounds the monument. It is the only memorial site in the world, outside the USA, that lists the name of every person that died in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
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