Americans and Israelis joined together to remember the lives lost 18 years ago on September 11, 2001.
Memorial ceremonies began in Israel on Tuesday at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism.
Tuesday night, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman represented the United States at the “Tribute in Light” ceremony in Israel at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem.
This is the only memorial outside the U.S. that lists all the names of the victims of the attacks, including five who were Israeli citizens, and is the only 9/11 memorial in the Middle East.
“A reminder of shared loss and a class for peace among nations… This metal piece, like the entire monument, is a manifestation of the special relationship between New York and Jerusalem,” the memorial reads.
To commemorate the September 11 terrorist attacks, 49 high-ranking American police officers have also traveled to Israel for nine days to take part in a series of consultations and events. Thirty-five of the 49 police officers in the delegation are visiting Israel for the first time.
The “Police Unity Tour” will hold discussions with their Israeli counterparts and strengthen the domestic security cooperation between the two nations, as well as participate in a two-day motorbike ride across Israel to honor officers killed in the line of duty.
“The cooperation between Israel and America is wonderful and the bond is very strong,” Michael Safras, chief of New Jersey’s Essex County Sheriff’s Department, said.
On Wednesday, the delegation will take part in the annual 9/11 memorial ceremony in Jerusalem, alongside officials from the U.S. Embassy.