Just outside Jerusalem is a solitary hill with an amazing monument.
It’s called the “9/11 Living Memorial.” The first memorial built outside the United States to include all the names of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, this $2 million plaza was paid for by the Jewish National Fund.
… history will show that the first blow struck for America in the War against Terror … came from an Israeli IDF veteran. He was also the first to die in the fight that continues to this day.
Shaped like a flag morphing into a memorial flame, the monument rests on metal taken from the twin towers in New York. Dedicated in 2009, the memorial sits just across Israel’s main highway from the largest cemetery in Israel. Five Israeli citizens are included among the names of the victims.
One of the five Israelis who died that Tuesday was Daniel Lewin, who had served in an elite branch of the Israeli Defense Forces. The 9/11 Commission Report said evidence suggests Lewin tried to fight back against the hijackers on American Airlines Flight 11, the doomed flight that would soon be the first to slam into one of the World Trade Center towers.
The hijackers killed the unarmed Lewin, apparently slashing his throat. Nevertheless, history will show that the first blow struck for America in the War against Terror … came from an Israeli IDF veteran. He was also the first to die in the fight that continues to this day.
In addition to the plaza, Israel has also honored the memory of the 9/11 attacks on postage stamps.