February 2016 scroll article

Recently I was speaking with a friend who lives in Israel and our conversation turned to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in Israel.

The 9/11 Memorial Plaza in Israel was completed in 2009 for $2 million and rests on five acres of hillside about twenty miles from the center of Jerusalem.  The memorial is a thirty foot bronze American flag that forms the shape of a flame to commemorate the flames of the Twin Towers.  The base of the monument is made of melted steel and incorporates a metal beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center that can be viewed behind glass.  The following sentiment is engraved in both English and Hebrew on the base:

“This metal remnant was taken from the remains of the Twin Towers that imploded in the September 11, 2001 disaster.  It was sent over to Israel by the City of New York to be incorporated into this memorial.  This metal piece, like the entire monument, is a manifestation of the special relationship between New York and Jerusalem and an expression of gratitude to The Jewish National Fund/Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael whose initiative and the generous contributions of its supporters made this monument possible.”   Israeli sculptor Eliezer Weishoff  designed and created  the memorial.

          Surrounding the Monument are plaques with the names of the victims of 9/11.  It is the only memorial outside the United States that includes the names of all who perished in the terrorist attacks including five Israeli citizens.  The site solemnly overlooks Jerusalem’s largest cemetery, Har HaMenuchot.  The memorial is often used for memorial and commemoration services. School children are brought here on outings to learn about America’s heinous terrorist attack. This is a powerful memorial from a powerful ally.

Neal David,