On August 23, 2017, at the Golani Brigade Memorial Site and Museum were held the Annual Congregation for the Fallen Soldiers of the Golani Brigade.
Participating :Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkott, Major General Yoel Strick, Commander of the Northern Command, Brig. Gen. Yaakov Banjo, Ga’ash Division Commander of the Golani Brigade Col. Shlomi Binder, Paratrooper and Infantry Officer Brig. Gen. Rassan Aslan ,Maj. Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ophir, Chairman of the Golani Association ,Chairman Yad Labanim – Mr. Eli Ben Shem, Deputy Director of the Family and Commemoration Division at the Ministry of Defense Mr. Aryeh Moalem, Head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council Mr. Moti Dotan, , as well as hundreds of bereaved families, past and present brigade commanders, officers and soldiers of the brigade.
The ceremony was marked by the Six-Day War.
Colonel Shlomi Binder said in his statement
As every year, we gather at the foot of the memorial wall, engraved with the names of the brigade’s fallen soldiers, commanders, soldiers, female soldiers of our best sons, the fallen soldiers of the Golani Brigade.
Each has his own life story so full and so lacking with memories, loves, dreams.
Each of them left behind a family, friends and a pain that did not rest.
Haim Hefer opens the “order of the fallen” – “They come from the mountains, from the lowlands, from the desert, they come names, face, eyes and stand up to the Order”
In the last year, I continue to become acquainted with the story of their lives. All of them are filled with a Golani spirit, love for the state, a sense of mission and devotion, Zionism in all its different forms.
The most “Golancik” spirit there is.
The bind to a family, humility and contributing in the most difficult place there is.
Dear families, you did sacrifice the precious and the most valuable victim and you are bearing daily the heavy price.
Your fate is intertwined with the fate of the brigade.
May they rest in peace!
(Video on YouTube)
From the speech made by Chief of Staff Ltc. General Gadi Eisenkott
This evening many memories unite into a deep and painful memory of what they are and are no more.
Your loved one chose to serve in the Golani Brigade and did so with a sense of mission and recognition to protect the State of Israel, its citizens and residents. In the ranks of the brigade they discovered the brotherhood of warriors between its commanders and soldiers, adhering to the mission, striving for victory and comradeship.
There is no day of remembrance that does not meet each one of us, the memory of the son, the yearning for the brother and the old friend to arms.
Every year this encounter brings memories of comrades to arms, their absence accompanies me and us all times.
As your loved ones have been working side by side, we in the IDF will continue to stand by you and extend a hug as the successors of your loved ones. We will continue to stand as a wall in security for Israel.
Today we will remember and remember the Brigade Fighter Sergeant Shaul Oron and Lieutenant Goldin Hadar, and the rest of the IDF’s missing soldiers, and we will continue the effort to bring them back to our borders.
The commanders of the Golani Brigade,
The IDF faces challenges, first and foremost the developments in Syria and Lebanon and the terrorist organizations that seek to harm the Israeli home front, we improve our preparedness for every scenario and develop capabilities that place it at a clear advantage over its enemies. In the past year, I have seen you in operational employment in the north of the country and in Judea and Samaria, improving your readiness for the day of command.
As you stand at the cutting edge of the IDF, your level of preparedness and skill will determine the outcome of the next campaign against all that is to come. I trust you to continue to prepare with all you might and in the moment of truth you will defeat your enemies and win.
This evening, in the shadow of the memory and heritage of the present generation of the brigade, we salute the many generations before it, the image of the warrior and the fighting spirit of the Golani Brigade were shaped in all of Israel’s battles in hard and bloody battles and filled with the heroism of the fighters.
This evening is an opportunity to express our great appreciation to Col. (Res.) Yom Tov Chazan for his long service in the Golani Brigade and as the Chairman of the Friends of Golani Association and as the Director of the Memorial Site, saluting you for your dedicated service to the Brigade and for preserving the memory of the fallen.
May the memory of the fallen be blessed!
(Video on YouTube)
The Chief Rabbi of the Northern Command read Psalms, the chief cantor, the El Maleh Rachamim prayer, as well as the Kaddish of a bereaved brother and a widow who was all bereaved.
Foreigners were placed by representatives.
We wish you and your families Shana Tova.