The new American Ambassador, Dan Shapiro, who speaks fluent Hebrew, said this at the memorial ceremony today at our September 11 memorial site in the Jerusalem Hills:
It means "There is no other people that understands our pain and how to keep living with the pain more than the Israeli people. The moral bond between us makes us both stronger."
He speaks the truth.
The Embassy has a short video of the monument's 2009 dedication.
The sculpture has the names and country of origin of all the victims.
More about it at the JNF website.
We watched, not without tears, the moving commemorations live on Israel TV today from New York and the Pentagon.
Interesting that the young man who designed the powerful monument at Ground Zero is architect Michael Arad, a veteran of an IDF commando squad and son of a former Israeli ambassador to the United States.
In this video tour with him, Arad describes the monument as "the built equivalent of a moment of silence."
May America never have need for more such monuments.