'An eternal flame that won't be extinguished'

JNF Chief Israel Officer discusses the unique 9/11 monument in J'lem. 'Only monument outside US that names all 2,996 victims of 9/11.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Memorial to 9/11
Memorial to 9/11
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Eric Michaelson, JNF Chief Israel Officer spoke with Arutz Sheva about the JNF-KKL monument for 9/11 at the entrance to Jerusalem.

He noted that the monument is the only 9/11 monument outside of the US which lists all 2,996 victims of the tragedy.

“It is a symbol of solidarity - as you can see, it is in the shape of the US flag waving in the wind, and it’s a flame going to the sky, an eternal flame that won’t be extinguished. It’s a symbol of the joint destiny of the US and Israel, two nations together in brotherhood in this struggle.

“People frequent the site all the time,” he said, adding that monument conveys “the message that we will continue to live and go on.”

JNF-USA National Board of Directors member Edward Blank who funded the memorial said, "When 9/11 happened, it really was a shock to the world. Almost 3,000 people died prematurely, for no apparent reason. It was a shock, and Israel, of course, has experienced terrorism for many years.

"I wanted a memorial where people could come together, understand what happened, fight, and be eternally vigilant against something like this ever happening again, and where a person could meditate on his own involvement, and reflect how to support democracy and peace everywhere," Blank said.