9/11 memorial dedicated in Israel; Only site outside NYC to recognize names of every attack victim


JERUSALEM – A memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was unveiled in the Arazim park outside of Jerusalem.

Commissioned and built by the Jewish National Fund-USA, the memorial commemorates the victims of radical Islam and features a central sculpture in the shape of a waving American flag transformed into a memorial flame. A small piece of wreckage from the World Trade Center resides in a compartment in the granite base.

The sculpture is surrounded by a circular, crater-like plaza and reflection area tiled in stone.

The Jerusalem monument is one of the first major international memorials to the 9/11 attacks and the only site outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack.

Both the sculpture and plaza were donated by New Yorkers.

....Ret. IDF Brig. General Dov Shefi lost his son in the 9/11 attacks. He stated that the ceremony "symbolizes the identification of the State of Israel … with the thousands of families of the victims of September 11th throughout the world, with the United States and with the city of New York."
Col. Rick Burgess, the American military attaché in Israel, recalled his memories of the 9/11 attacks.

Burgess told WND: "I was serving in Turkey on September 11th, 2001, and this [ceremony] brought back a lot of memories, powerful memories in my mind, and sitting here with Jerusalem in the background, it's just an amazing experience."

He continued: "The United States is always going to stand with Israel. There's lots of challenges around the world and we're going to work through all these, and it's just very meaningful to me to have this opportunity to be here today."

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