A Tree Avenue for the Mashabim Air Force Base in the Negev.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
The ceremony was attended by 110 Friends of KKL France, who are currently participating in the traditional Walk-for-Water.
The planting was the first stage of the 19th Walk for Water, which is being held this year in the Judean Desert and southern Dead Sea region. This remarkable event, whose slogan is “with Bible in hand,” emphasizes the connection between land and nation. The Mashabim-Tlalim project was conceived when a KKL France “Israel Today and Tomorrow”
delegation came to visit the country.
“At a time when the world has been stricken by terrorism, your arrival in Israel is the appropriate Zionist response,” Brigadier-General Tzvika Haimovitch, Commander of the IDF’s Air Defense Division, told the visitors. “This base, which educates young people to love and defend their country, is an extension and continuation of the work done by Albert Czarnobroda.”
The planting ceremony was attended by a number of Albert Czarnobroda’s relatives, including his grandson Jeremie Herscovic, who spoke of his grandfather’s great love for the State of Israel. “The Jewish People had no choice, and in order to survive we had to rediscover our homeland,” he said. “Israel is what enables us to hold our heads high. My grandfather admired the state’s ability to build itself up, progress and defend itself, and that is why these avenues are such an appropriate memorial to him. Soldiers at the base will walk here among the trees and learn about his legacy.”
The avenues of trees are not the only project underway at the base with the support of Friends of KKL France: an Air Defense Division heritage and memorial center that includes a large amphitheater is also currently under construction.
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