Jerusalem Tourism: Monument to the Victims of the World Trade Center
Few Jerusalem tourism itineraries include this moving monument to the victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. And that is a shame because this, one of our newest monuments, is singularly meaningful: it is the only memorial to the victims of that horrific attack in the entire Middle East.
Located in Arazim Park, the monument is visible from afar as you approach the entrance to Jerusalem, set against the backdrop of the Jerusalem Mountains.
Tourists to Jerusalem tend to focus more on ancient history, but this is one site that really out to feature more prominently in Jerusalem travel guides, for it stands as a testament to the Israeli people's kinship with humanity, its sense of shared pain with the American people, and Israel's stand for democracy and justice in an area of the world increasingly engulfed by the darkness of repressive regimes.
Here is the video of the dedication ceremony on November 12, 2009, attended by US Ambassador James Cunningham, Defense and Air Attache Colonel Richard Burgess, U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, families of the victims and Israeli dignitaries.
A 30-foot high sculpture depicts an American flag morphing into a memorial flame. The sculpture sits on a granite block that once was part of the Twin Towers. Designed by award-winning artist Eliezer Weishoff, and commissioned by by the Jewish National Fund-USA/Keren Kayemet L'Israel, the monument also depicts the World Trade Center and Pentagon through sculpture and landscape architecture.
The flag sculpture is surrounded by a crater-like, circular plaza. Around the plaza, encircling the flag, are the engraved names of the World Trade Center victims.
The World Trade Center's twin towers were completely destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attack by Islamic terrorists, while the Pentagon was severely damaged. Three thousand people died, including five Israeli citizens.
The Jerusalem monument is the only one outside New York to list the names of every single person who perished in the attack.