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March 4, 2011 – New York, NY – In Israel this week, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, along with Jewish National Fund (JNF) CEO Russell Robinson, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, and KKL World Chairman Efi Stenzler visited JNF’s 9/11 Living Memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The memorial, set against the magnificent backdrop of the foothills of Jerusalem in the Arazim Valley, was dedicated in November 2009, and is one of the first major international memorials to 9/11 and the only site outside of New York to recognize the names of every victim of the attack.
“It’s a beautiful monument,” said Giuliani, as he contemplated the names of those fallen. Together with Olmert and Robinson, Giuliani laid a wreath at the base of the memorial in remembrance of those fallen and in celebration of peace.
Commissioned and built by Jewish National Fund, the memorial depicts the World Trade Center and Pentagon through sculpture and landscape architecture. The 30-foot high bronze sculpture, designed by award-winning Israeli artist E. Weishoff and donated by New York resident and JNF major donor Edward Blank, is composed of a waving American flag that transforms into a memorial flame. The sculpture is surrounded by a circular, crater-like plaza and reflection area tiled in stone, funded by the Bronka Stavsky Weintraub Trust, which lists the names of those fallen.
Giuliani's longtime secretary lost her husband in the attacks. He had been a close and personal friend of the mayor's. At the memorial, Giuliani took a picture of the husband's name to bring back to New York with him.
It is thanks to Giuliani that a piece of the original Twin Towers is part of the gray granite base on which the sculpture rests. After 9/11, when JNF began plans to build the monument, former Prime Minister Olmert, who was mayor of Jerusalem at the time, called Giuliani, then mayor of New York asking him to donate a piece of the Twin Towers.
JNF CEO Russell Robinson thanked Giuliani for making this possible.
“Today we’re at the living memorial for 9/11 at the footsteps of Jerusalem, joined by two men who helped make this memorial possible,” said Robinson. "The Living 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.”
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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.
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