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9/11 monument dedicated in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — A monument to the victims of 9/11 was was dedicated in Jerusalem.

The monument, commissioned and built by the Jewish National Fund-USA/Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, depicts the World Trade Center and Pentagon through sculpture and landscape architecture.

A memorial dedication was held Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem’s Arazim Park.

Designed by award-winning Israeli artist Eliezer Weishoff, the 30-foot high bronze sculpture is composed of a waving American flag transformed into a memorial flame.  It rests on a gray granite base, part of which is from the original Twin Towers.  The sculpture is surrounded by a circular, crater-like plaza and reflection area tiled in stone.

The memorial was donated by New York resident Edward Blank and the plaza was funded by the Bronka Stavsky Rabin Weintraub Trust.

The Jerusalem monument is the only site outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack, engraved on bronze plaques surrounding the sculpture.

"My wife died just a few days before 9/11," explained Blank, "and then the whole world was sent reeling by the events of that day.  I was looking for a meritorious way to recognize the many feelings I was having, and this memorial was the perfect fit." 

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