Friday, September 9, 2016

The 9/11 Memorial In Israel

Have you ever wondered how other countries mourned our loss on 9/11? Well, this is how Israel acknowledged the Muslim terrorist attack. It is the only 9/11 Memorial outside of the United States.

The 9/11 Living Memorial above is a cenotaph located on a hill in Arazim Valley of Ramot, Jerusalem, in Israel.

At the western entrance to Jerusalem, among the forests of the Ramot neighborhood in Arazim Park, rises the 30-foot-high American flag made of bronze. Yes, it is a memorial to the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

It is the first memorial outside of New York to list the names of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed on that day, along with their countries of origin. There are nearly 100 countries represented among the victims, including five Israeli citizens.

The bronze flag that forms the core of the memorial sits on a pillar made from a metal beam that came from the remains of the World Trade Center. It is inscribed in both English and Hebrew: "This metal piece, like the entire monument, is a manifestation of the special relationship between New York and Jerusalem."

The 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza, intended to be a diplomatic stop for visiting prime ministers and ambassadors, is a circular plaza surrounding the bronze sculpture. This plaza, a space large enough to comfortably hold 300 people, was designed to echo the shape of the Pentagon. 

In the plaza floor, there is an indentation that represents the rut created in the land where one of the planes crashed in rural Pennsylvania. Also, the bronze sculpture of the American flag transitions into flames which are meant to depict the flames that engulfed the Twin Towers on that horrible day.

The plaza, built on 5 acres, is to remember and honor the victims of the September 11 attacks. The monument is strategically located within view of Jerusalem's main cemetery, Har HaMenuchot. 

The folded part of the flag is reminiscent of the collapse of the towers in a cloud of dust. The flag morphs into a six-meter high memorial flame representative of a torch. The cenotaph was designed by award-winning artist Eliezer Weishoff. It was commissioned by the Jewish National Fund (JNF/KKL) at a cost of $2 million.

The seating is amphitheater style and the location of the memorial amid the Jerusalem forest is very contemplative. Yes, a place to go to think, reflect, and even pray if one wants to.

While official ceremonies are occasionally held there, it's open to tourists and locals and the handicapped-accessible site is free. Israeli school children often visit the site on official school trips to learn more about the terrorist attack that took place on American soil. They learn the details and who was responsible for the attack that killed more than 3,000 Americans and others.

Yes, that's right, Israeli students go there to learn what took place on 9/11. In comparison, I can't help but wonder if American students learn what took place on 9/11? 

Frankly, while I hope I'm not right, I can't help but wonder if Political Correctness and the desire to "not offend" Muslim students here is stopping our children from learning what took place on 9/11?  I'd wager that schools here do not teach what took place.

The memorial is a 30-foot, bronze American flag.

The engraving is in Hebrew and English.

Surrounding the monument are plaques with the names of the victims of 9/11.

Yes. let me say this again, this is the only memorial outside the U.S. that includes
the names of all who perished in the terrorist attacks.

The inauguration ceremony for the memorial was held on November 12th, 2009 with representation from the US Ambassador to Israel, James B. Cunningham, members of the Israeli Cabinet and legislature, family of victims and others present.

Israel has not let their people forget and in fact has issued postage stamps with the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza pictured as a tribute to the World Trade Center victims. Also, Israel Coins and Medals Corp issued a medal for 9/11 victims with the image of Living Memorial.

The 2013 memorial for the 9/11 attacks was commemorated at Living Memorial Plaza. Families of victims and diplomats attended the event. 

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro commented during the ceremony: "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."

Yes, it is a powerful memorial from a powerful ally. And yes, that is probably the very point why this 9/11 Memorial is being shared by email to so many people.

America needs to remember who are our friends and who are not. We need to remember who is with us and who is against us. 

Sadly, I see Israel under attack from an anti-Israeli United Nations, Muslims nations, and a blatantly anti-Israeli Obama administration. As for the United Nations and the Muslims who are bent on the wiping out that nation, that is no surprise as their hatred for Israel is not very well hidden. 

But today, today we have an administration who has essentially given Iran, a nation who seeks the destruction of Israel, the ability to create nuclear weapons and way to deliver them. That is something that we Americans should remember and remedy when we oust the Democrats from office this coming November. 

Our White House should not be a home to the Muslim Brotherhood and Jew haters. We need to put someone in the White House who understands that America stands with Israel the same as how Israel stands with us. 

God Bless them for having this 9/11 Memorial and for being such great friends. And yes, that's just the way I see it.

Tom Correa

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Tom, I had never heard anything about this monument being built until now. Thank you


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