2) Inauguration of Corporals' Hill for Fallen Paratroopers i.
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Inauguration of Corporals' Hill for Fallen Paratroopers in 1982
A memorial to six combatants from a single company in the Paratroopers’ Brigade who were killed in the First Lebanon War in 1982 has been inaugurated on the Lebanese Border. Comrades of the six men from the corporals’ company of Battalion 202 initiated the establishment of the site in conjunction with KKL-JNF. The inauguration ceremony was attended by members of the bereaved families, present and past IDF combatants and representatives of KKL-JNF. “It’s very moving to see that, even after so much time has passed, the boys are not forgotten, and neither are we, their parents,” said Batya Dayan, mother of Sergeant Daniel Dayan of blessed memory. “Now we’ll have a place where we can meet and honor the memory of the fallen, somewhere where we can reminisce and ensure that their memory is not forgotten,” she said.
Doron Avital was the company’s commander during the war, and he led his men into battle in Sidon, Damour, Kafr Sil and Beirut. “Our fallen comrades taught us what bravery in battle is, and from their families we have learned the nature of courage in the face of pain and loss. This memorial is a true memory, in which we all take pride,” he said.
Rubi Ben-Zvi, deputy commander of the company, was at Doron Avital’s side throughout the war, and now, at the inauguration, he stood beside him once more as the memorial stone bearing the names of the fallen was unveiled: Sergeant Daniel Dayan, Sergeant Shai Kesar, Staff Sergeant Yitzhak Amos, Lieutenant Ofer Sternberg, Lieutenant Meir Cohen and Staff Sergeant Noam Eshkol.
“Corporals’ Hill will be our heritage and meeting point,” said Ben-Zvi. “The site will tell the story of this company that sustained such a painful blow in the war and lost six of its finest sons.”
Pictures of the six men were placed above the memorial stone. The eyes of these young soldiers who met an untimely death are full of hopes and ambitions for the future. For them time has stood still, and they have remained just as they were then, a little over thirty years ago. From their pictures they continue to gaze towards the border, as if still standing guard.