WATCH: JNF Holds 9/11 Memorial Ceremonies in Israel and U.S. To Honor American First-Responders

US Ambassador in Israel David Friedman at the 9/11 memorial in Israel on September 11. 2017. (Matty Stern/US Embassy Tel Aviv)

An estimated 500 people gathered at the KKL-JNF “Living Memorial” at the Jerusalem Hills this morning (Monday) September 11, 2017 for the U.S. Embassy’s official memorial ceremony for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which took 2,977 lives, including five Israelis. Remarks include U.S. Ambassador in Israel David Friedman, KKL-JNF CEO Amnon Ben-Ami, Opposition Leader MK Isaac Herzog, and Iowa Governor Kimberly Reynolds

As the world marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks Monday, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) is hosting and participating in various memorial events in the U.S. and Israel to honor American first-responders.

Israeli and US servicemen holding a moment of silence for the victims of 9/11 at a memorial outside Jerusalem on September 11, 2017. (Rafi Ben Hakoon)

Thousands of Israeli citizens, Israeli officials and U.S. combat veterans will join U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem to express gratitude to first-responders for their contributions and sacrifices.

The memorial, donated by JNF World Chairman Council member Edward Blank, was constructed in 2009 in the foothills of Israel’s capital city.

Jewish National Fund’s 9/11 Living Memorial in Israel. Credit: JNF.

“We are very pleased to recognize our brave first-responders for their contributions and sacrifices to our nation and to our local communities, and to share our mutual respect while we honor those who fell during the attacks,” Blank said.

JNF will also host public tributes to first-responders in Baltimore; Beverly Hills, Calif.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles; Miami; and Westchester, N.Y.

Hundreds of Jewish students, lay leaders, rabbis and Jewish community members are expected to participate in the events.