September 11, 2013 – New York, NY — Jewish National Fund-Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF-KKL) will hold a ceremony on September 11, 2013 with keynote speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro, commemorating the 12th anniversary for the 9/11 terror attacks at the 9/11 Living Memorial located in Jerusalem, Israel.
The dedication ceremony will take place at the memorial site in Jerusalem Park, honoring all the victims of 9/11. Remarks will be made by Brig. General (Ret.) Dof Shefi who will represent the families who lost their loved ones in the attacks; Efi Stenzler, JNF-KKL World Chairman; and Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Intelligence and representative of the Government of Israel. The ceremony will also include a moment of silence, a wreath laying ceremony, and opening presentation by Talia Tzour, Director of Major Donors for JNF-KKL.
“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,” said Russell Robinson, CEO, Jewish National Fund. “The memorial pays tribute to all those who lost their lives. It says to the world: Life over terrorism. Tolerance over terrorism. More than anything, this Living Memorial reminds us that democracy and peace will always prevail.”
Located in Jerusalem Park in the Cedar Valley, the grand, 30-foot high bronze sculpture depicting a waving American flag transforming into a memorial flame, is the only 9/11 international memorial outside of the United States which lists names of all the victims. Built by JNF-KKL, as a reminder of shared loss and a call for collective understanding, the entire memorial depicts the World Trade Center and the Pentagon through sculpture and landscape architecture. Previous visitors have included Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Governor Mike Huckabee, professional golfers Morgan Pressel, Sean Foley, Hunter Mahan, Amy Alcott, and Michal Thompson, and former basketball players Will Perdue and Brian Scalabrine.
For more information on the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem, go tojnf.org/livingmemorial.