9/11 Commemoration at the Living Memorial near Jerusalem.
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The twelfth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks was marked at a memorial ceremony held jointly by KKL-JNF and the American Embassy at the Living Memorial monument in Jerusalem Park’s Arazim Valley. The event was attended by representatives of the bereaved families and diplomats from twenty-five countries.
“Here, at this painfully beautiful memorial site, we are a reminder to everyone that we, Americans and Israelis, stand together in a spirit of solidarity and commitment to the future,” said US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. “No other nation in the world can understand better than the Israeli people the pain that Americans are feeling today. Israel and the US are linked by a profound friendship, a strong security covenant, economic ties and a shared history of victory and tragedy.”
The Arazim Valley memorial site was inaugurated by KKL-JNF in 2009 as a tangible symbol of shared loss and a call for peace among the nations. In the words of Efi Stenzler at the ceremony, “This site is not intended solely for memorial purposes; we constructed it also as a symbol of hope.”
Many of those present at the ceremony approached the memorial and scrutinized the list of thousands of people whose lives had been brought to an untimely end, searching for the name of a relative or friend who had perished, yet unable to apprehend the enormity of the catastrophe even today, twelve years after that dreadful event.
Among the bereaved was Brigadier General (res.) Dov Shefi, whose son Haggai was killed in the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. In his address at the memorial ceremony, Brigadier General Shefi reminded those present that some six hundred American Jews and five Israeli citizens were among the 3,000 victims. “I am both the proudest and the saddest father possible of my beloved son Haggai. My two grandchildren – Haggai’s children – are here with us today, and I am extremely proud of them, too,” he said.
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