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U.S. Marines mark 9-11 in Israel at world’s only 9-11 memorial outside the United States

By Mason White 11:25 AM September 12, 2014
U.S. Marines at 9-11 Living memorial in Jerusalem 

By: Anav Silverman
A group of U.S. Marines marked 9-11 in Israel, at the world’s only 9-11 memorial outside the United States, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Jerusalem firefighters and rescue volunteers, alongside the U.S. Marines and families of 9-11 victims, marked the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead in a special ceremony held in the Jerusalem Hills.

“It’s a very sad day – as firefighters, we can fully empathize with the families of the 343 New York City firefighters who were killed on September 11,” Kobi Erez, the spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire and Rescue Services told the Tazpit News Agency.

“We are here to show solidarity with the firefighters and everyone else impacted by this terrible event – those who entered into danger and fire to save lives and were killed doing so,” he said.

Organized by the Keren Kayemeth L’Yisrael (Jewish National Fund), the memorial ceremony was held at the 9-11 Living Memorial Plaza in the Arazim Valley of the Ramot neighborhood in Jerusalem.

The memorial plaza, which was inaugurated back in 2009 by the JNF, features the only monument outside of the United States that lists the names of the 2,977 victims of the 9-11 attacks including five Israelis who were killed.

U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, who attended the ceremony, said that the JNF 9-11 memorial was a “moving” monument.

“We were there with friends today to remember those taken from us 13 years ago,” he said. He also noted that “Every year we come together to honor those who fell and those who served, the members of our larger American family whose destinies were touched by these acts of evil.”

Among the firefighters who laid wreaths on the memorial monument, was a new immigrant from the United States, Jacob, who made aliyah during the recent war and joined the Israel Fire and Rescue Services.

“It was a very respectable ceremony,” noted Erez. “It was coming full circle to have Jacob with us as an Israeli firefighter laying down a wreath for the American firefighter,” he told the Tazpit News Agency.

“Firefighters share a common language and we are all like extended family,” Erez said about the U.S firefighters who lost their lives.