The 9/11 Memorial in Jerusalem
Israel was the first country to build a memorial for the nearly 3000 victims that died in the monstrous terrorist attack on the United States of America. Among them were 4 Israeli citizens and more than 400 Jewish people.
The monument was built-in the Jerusalem Mountains – in the Arazim/Samuel Valley – Just before the main entrance to Jerusalem – North of Route 1, East of the town Mevaseret-Yerushalaim and West of the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem.
The Jerusalem monument is one of the first major international memorials to mark the terrible event and honor the memory of its victims — and the only site outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack.
A 30-foot high bronze sculpture depicting a waving American flag transforming into a flame will be the first memorial outside New York that lists the names of the 2,974 people killed that day, as well as their 92 countries of origin.
The sculpture rests on a gray granite base, part of which was taken from the original Twin Towers and donated by the New York municipality.
Memorial donor and native New Yorker Edward Blank explained that he funded the project as a means of expressing the myriad conflicting feelings he struggled with after the tragedy. “My wife died just a few days before 9/11,” he said, “and then the whole world was sent reeling by the events of that day. I was looking for a meritorious way to recognize the many feelings I was having, and this memorial was the perfect fit.”
On November 12, 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Israel James Cunningham attended the ceremony, dedicating the monument, as did U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, who led a delegation from the United States. They were joined by Israeli Cabinet ministers, Knesset members and many families of the victims of 9/11, as well as other distinguished guests.
“Set against the magnificent backdrop of Jerusalem, the Living Memorial is a moving site from which to mourn the victims of 9/11 as well as consider the thousands of victims of terrorism worldwide. This is a place for visiting dignitaries — presidents, prime ministers, ambassadors, and citizens of the world — to come together to remember, reflect and heal. More than anything we hope that this Living Memorial will remind us to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance, the unity of mankind, and democracy. Jerusalem is a battleground of civilization but also a place of hope; what better place to show that civilization won?” – Russell Robinson, CEO, Jewish National Fund.
At the end of the blog you will also find a general map with driving directions from Route 1; and a link to the Google satellite map of the area.
- The mostly paved road leading off route 1 is barely 2 cars wide and usually there will be massive trucks driving along it.
- Temporarily you can look for signs to the earth-works or train tunnel.
- In the summer the dust from the trucks is heavy and visibility is limited.
The signs forbid entrance to buses.
- Drive slowly and carefully.
- Theoretically it is possible to see the monument from route 1, driving out of Jerusalem. You will need to drive very slowly. That on this major hi-way is dangerous. I have tried and succeeded but I knew what to look for!!
Here are some photographs taken at the Memorial.
Link to Google Maps = aerial photo http://g.co/maps/7m4a6