After a complex process of selecting a location for the memorial and obtaining the necessary permits for the installation, it was decided that the site should be next to the portal of the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv express train. The site was also approved by the green organizations and, after an additional million dollars were fundraised, construction work began. The memorial was constructed within an almost impossible time frame and was completed a few hours before the guests arrived for the dedication ceremony.
The memorial for those who perished in the Twin Towers was symbolically positioned directly in view of Har Hamenuhot, the main cemetery of Jerusalem. After walking down a few stairs one can view the memorial with the surrounding landscape in the background, and then, after walking all the way down the stairs to the lower level, one communes with the monument and the sky and there is a sense of convergence and power.
The monument was designed in bronze and aluminum, and it was inspired by an image of the American flag waving in the wind and resembling a memorial flame six meters high that reaches for the sky. The pedestal of the monument contains a piece of molten steel from the remains of the frame of the collapsed edifice, which can be viewed through a glass pane. The names of all the people who perished are engraved in large letters that recall typography from the last century. One name follows another in a list that never seems to end. The site is wheelchair accessible.
Walking and Cycling Trails
In June 2011, the new walking and cycling trails completed by KKL JNF for the benefit of the residents of the Ramot neighborhood were inaugurated. The trails are marked in blue, black, red and green, and their total length is about ten kilometers. The routes in the park were planned with attention to nature and especially to the wildlife prevalent in the area. Residents of the Ramot neighborhood will enjoy having direct access to one of the largest green lungs of Jerusalem.
The Ramot Forest, which is located southwest of the Ramot neighborhood, has become a starting point for footpaths and bike paths. There is also a Twins Trail, which goes from the forest to Emek Ha’arazim and on to Einot Telem. Of the four new footpaths, two were also made suitable for bicycles—the blue trail, which follows the length of the Promenade Route via Hedgehog Park and the Zion Levy Picnic Area, and the black trail, which follows the length of the Mitzpe Naftoah ridge and encompasses the municipal park. The two footpaths to be inaugurated are the red trail, which starts at Hedgehog Park and follows the circular Deer Route, and the green trail, which also begins at Hedgehog Park and descends to Emek Ha’arazim.