Thousands of Israelis recently gathered in Tel Aviv for an emotional march to remember the heroic people who had sacrificed so much for their nation. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) troops who made the ultimate sacrifice for Israel’s safety and security were these heroes. Many of these courageous troops have suffered catastrophic wounds as a result, altering their lives forever.
These brave people have done so much to defend our nation yet for far too long have been ignored and undervalued. Because of this, it was amazing to see such a fervent outpouring of support and adoration when tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square to march in honor of these real heroes. It was impossible to avoid being emotionally moved by the outpouring of love and respect for those who had sacrificed everything for the safety of our country as this march made its way through the city streets.
We may take this opportunity to honor these injured warriors for their bravery and courage even though we are unable to know what they are going through or how challenging their rehabilitation journey has been. In order to express our gratitude to them, we must show that we value them both during and after their service, and we must give them the tools they need for a smooth return to civilian life.
In addition, it is crucial that we honor all those who gave so much but did not return home, whether as a result of combat or personal battles with PTSD or other health issues. We may make an effort to preserve the memory of every person who gave their all to defend the security of our nation, no matter how big or small, through the recollections given by family members and friends.
So let’s take this day to remind ourselves that no gesture is too little to express our thanks to the brave individuals who dedicated their lives to securing Israel’s future. May we never forget those whose names decorate our war memorials, especially when they are no longer physically here to us, whether through marches like this one or simply providing words of consolation and support whenever possible. Let’s demonstrate to them that their sacrifices were not in vain by continuously keeping them in mind.