16 Years since the September 11th Terrorist Attacks.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Some five hundred guests attended the Twin Towers memorial ceremony. Among those present were United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Governor of Iowa Kimberly Reynolds, Knesset representative MK Yitzhak Herzog and KKL-JNF Director General Amnon Ben Ami.
Also participating were a delegation from JNF USA; ambassadors and diplomats from a variety of different countries; of the Israel Police, the Israel Fire and Rescue Services and the US Fire Service; members of the Young Judea Youth Movement; a delegation from Alexander Muss School; new immigrants with the Nefesh B'Nefesh organization; and members of the bereaved families.
“It is hard to stand in this wonderful, peaceful spot without thinking of what happened sixteen years ago,” said US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. “We have all fallen victim to extremist Islam, but no nation has paid a heavier price than Israel. On that September 11th, instead of Americans mourning Israelis, Israel grieved for the USA. The battle against wickedness never ends, but we shall vanquish the forces of evil not just by force of arms, but by the power of our values,” he said.
The Twin Towers Living Memorial, which was erected by KKL-JNF in the Arazim (“Cedars”) Valley with the support of its Friends in the USA, commemorates the victims of the attack and calls for peace between the nations of the world. The sculpture portrays the flag of the United States progressively folded into the shape of a memorial flame, and its base is inlaid with a metal shard from the wreckage of the Twin Towers. The names of the 2,996 victims of the attack are engraved on memorial plaques around the sides of the plaza that surrounds the monument.
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