Youth Movement Listens to Bereaved Families

Girls from the Ariel youth movement marked Memorial Day by going out to military cemeteries to strengthen bereaved families.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 4/26/2012, 5:07 PM

Girls from the Ariel youth movement marked Memorial Day on Wednesday by going out to strengthen bereaved families.

The youth went to eighteen military cemeteries around Israel and joined the ceremonies in memory of Israel’s fallen.

The young students handed out special pages containing prayers and psalms, as well as words of encouragement from Miriam Peretz, who lost two sons when they were serving in the IDF. At her son Eliraz’s funeral, Peretz said, ‘Don’t build him towers. I don’t need towers. I need a significant life.’

“It’s amazing, feeling the connection to the nation and hearing everybody’s stories,” Hadar Cahana of the Elad branch of the Ariel youth movement told Arutz Sheva. “We spoke to people, heard their stories, they told us all kinds of strengthening sentences and it was really amazing.”

Yehuda, who came to visit the grave of a friend who was killed while on duty in the Yom Kippur War, said the girls’ actions were “excellent” and “wonderful”, noting that through their special activity he felt that Israel was a united nation.

“I’m sure that if we’ll be united we won’t become extinct,” said Yehuda. “It’s too bad that it only happens in times of trouble but we have to look at the half full glass.”

“I praise the people of Israel, all our soldiers, who are there for one another,” he added. “It’s very important that we are united. The unity is what can help us move on.”