Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Our new place to pause on the Israel Trail


And now about the February 10 dedication of Mitzpe Noam that I started to tell you about in the previous post.

Many, I think more than a hundred, came to honor Noam Rosenthal and his family.
Noam was a son of Meitar, our town.

Noam was only 20 when mortars killed him along with four other soldiers on July 31, 2014 during the 50-day fight with Gaza.

His mother, father, brother, friend, and his commander,  the mayor, and a representative from Keren Kayemet gave moving speeches.
There was hardly a dry eye in the audience.
Then the red ribbon was ceremoniously cut above the stone compass which shows one of Noam's favorite sayings: "Live always says northward."

His chevreh, a tight-knit group of  fine young men (seen in the photo) who every Friday evening would get together on this hilltop and make music, wrote moving things on the rock about Noam's legacy, how they would always think of him and miss him.

His family wrote these words about memory and memories.

Noam's favorite instrument was the piano; he played mainly classical music.
And so they designed this meeting place in the shape of a grand piano.

I hiked back to the Noam Overlook a few days ago and found it being enjoyed by a few families.

This is the view from the edge of town.
Mitzpe Noam is on top of the hill.
(Linking to Our World Tuesday, hoping wars will someday not be a part of our world.
And for ABC Wednesday, the letter G is for a grieving family and a good boy, gone from us.)


Anonymous said...

Beautiful place !

Hels said...

What a tragic loss.... Noam was just a baby :(

Israel's prime minister arrived in Australia this morning. I hope he makes a great impression.

Melody Steenkamp said...

Tragic losses, we have far to many of them, don't we. Wonderful event to honour such people!

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)

Alice said...

Very moving photos, and a wonderful way to remember a fallen soldier. Dina

Cloudia said...

Love & Gratitude forever!

William Kendall said...

Poignant and powerful.

Klara S said...

It's always so sad when young person dies...

Come Away With Me said...

Your post was very moving from the beginning, but when I saw the grand piano shaped memorial to Noam, it brought a tear to my eye. What a beautiful tribute, but so sad he is no longer here.

Roger Owen Green said...

We shall never learn the lessons of peace