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Americans and Israelis remember fallen at 9/11 ceremony in Jerusalem

America and Israel's shared values and unbreakable friendship were acknowledged at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem as officials from both countries commemorated the attacks and remembered the victims.

U.S. and Israeli uniformed servicemembers stand shoulder to shoulder at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem
U.S. and Israeli uniformed servicemembers stand shoulder to shoulder at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem

Over 500 people attended Israel’s 9/11 Ceremony hosted by Jewish National Fund-USA and KKL-JNF, in partnership with the Embassy of the United States in Israel on Monday, September 11. The moving event, broadcast globally on social media, took place at the organization’s Living Memorial located in the foothills of Jerusalem. The site is the only 9/11 memorial outside of the United States that lists all the victims who perished during the horrific attacks.

Notable attendees included: United States Embassy, Jerusalem Chargé d’Affaires, Stephanie L. Hallett; Members of the United States Marine Corps; Jewish National Fund-USA Representative, Yoel Rosby;  KKL-JNF Vice Chairman, David Yaari; Israeli Fire and Rescue Authority Commissioner, Eyal Caspi; Commander of the Israeli Police’s Central District, Avi Biton; as well as 53 U.S. Police Officers, and 200 students from the Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

KKL-JNF vice chairman David Yaari lays a wreath at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem.

Also in attendance were the families of the victims of the attacks, Nefesh B’Nefesh representatives and U.S. airline officials.

Jerusalem Chargé d’Affaires Stephanie L. Hallett remarked: “In the face of adversity, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to building bridges, nurturing compassion and upholding the ideals that bind us as human beings. Together, we can transform tragedy into a force for positive change, ensuring that the legacy of September 11 is one of tenacity, unity and hope.”

Attendees from every sector of Israeli society and from around the world attended the 9/11 ceremony.

Held annually, the ceremony and monument serve as a timeless reminder of the shared values and mutual solidarity between Israel and the United States.

Jewish National Fund-USA representative Yoel Rosby said: “As I look upon the audience today and see the students from the Alexander Muss High School, it becomes evident that it is our duty to advocate tirelessly for the message that hate will never triumph, and love will always prevail. For over 122 years, Jewish National Fund-USA has been building, growing, and promoting this message.”

Attendees place flowers next to the names of the victims of the attacks.

The 9/11 Living Memorial is also surrounded by thousands of trees, symbolizing life, hope and renewal.

David Yaari, KKL-JNF vice chairman and chairman of Kol Israel, the General Zionist party, added: “Today, KKL-JNF commemorates a tragic day not just for the victims and the United States but for Israel and Jewish people around the world who stand with the U.S. and our shared values of democracy and freedom in the fight against extremism and terror.”

Wreaths placed at the 9/11 memorial. The monument was made possible through the generosity of the Blank family (NY)

In addition to the annual 9/11 event held in Jerusalem, Jewish National Fund-USA honored the deep and enduring relationship between Israel and the United States through local commemorations held across the country. The events served as an opportunity to recognize first responders and security professionals, with many held at firehouses, police stations, schools and synagogues.

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Jewish National Fund-USA builds a strong, vibrant future for the land and people of Israel through bold initiatives and Zionist education. As a leading philanthropic movement, the organization supports critical environmental and nation-building activities in Israel’s north and south as it develops new communities in the Negev and Galilee, connects the next generation to Israel, and creates infrastructure and programs that support ecology, people with disabilities, and heritage site preservation, all while running a fully accredited study abroad experience through its Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
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