A 9/11 memorial in Israel

The people of Israel of course strongly identify with the United States in its confrontation with the forces of Islamic extremism. President Obama to the contrary notwithstanding, the feeling is largely reciprocated among the people of the United States. A new 9/11 memorial built in Israel, designed by an Israeli, funded by Americans, concretely makes the point.
Last month U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham and Defense and Air Attache Colonel Richard Burgess took part in the dedication ceremony for a 9/11 monument and Living Memorial sponsored by the Jewish National Fund at the entrance to Jerusalem (in the surrounding forest). The dedication ceremony took place on November 12, 2009, drawing a crowd of 150-200 participants including former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The ceremony was moving and the memorial is beautiful, though neither received any attention in the mainstream media.
Aaron Klein covered the dedication ceremony for WorldNetDaily last month. Klein described the “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.” Haaretz also published an excellent article on the monument.

Via Fern Oppenheim.

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