Nahal Connects to the Beating-1.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The walk began on April 2nd, 2014 with two ceremonies – one held at the Helicopter Memorial in Shaar Yishuv and the other at the Ink Flag in Eilat. The closing ceremony was held in Jerusalem.
“This expedition will give you an opportunity to get to know the beating heart of the State of Israel,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler at the starting ceremony. “Along the way you’ll pass by a citrus grove, meet a farmer working in his field, rest in the shade of a tree and listen to the birds singing. This is our land.”
One of the two starting ceremonies for the walk was held adjacent to the memorial for the helicopter disaster at Shaar Yishuv on Israel’s northern border; the Brigade lost two combat teams in this terrible tragedy, which occurred in 1997. The second starting ceremony took place beside the Ink Flag in Eilat. At the same time, numerous other groups of Nahal soldiers departed from different points along the Israel Trail, which is almost 1,000 kilometers long and descends through the entire length of the country. The general public was invited to join in certain sections of the walk, including those in the British Park region.
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