Ido Scenic Lookout.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
"Stone touches stone, rock touches rock," said Ayelet Cohen, the widow of Ido Cohen. "Ido was a person who liked to climb rocks, metaphorically and in actuality. Thanks to this lookout, his legacy will now belong to many people who never met him. We are very grateful to everyone who made this site possible." Ayelet Cohen was speaking on Friday, May 29, at the dedication ceremony for a scenic lookout in memory of her late husband, Ido Meir Cohen. Attending the ceremony, which was graciously emceed by KKL-JNF Israel Fundraising Department Director Michael Ben Abu, were family and friends, along with KKL-JNF officials.
KKL-JNF Central Region Director Yiftah Harhol said that "like a bird flying over the sea, this scenic lookout has a view to the ocean that Ido loved so much. Carmel Coast Forest
exemplifies KKL-JNF's work on behalf of the environment, with its hiking
trails, the fire observation tower and now this beautiful scenic lookout. The entire site is accessible to people with physical challenges, and since it is next to the Israel National Trail,
we decided to create a campsite here for the people hiking the trail. It is our hope that the Ido Scenic Lookout will give the family some small ray of light."
As the dedication stone at the site says, Ido was a great lover of the land of Israel, and was also active on behalf of social justice and people in need. He grew up next to the Carmel Forest and served in the Shayetet 13 special operations unit of the Israeli Navy. During his military service, he became ill with the disease that would eventually lead to his demise at age 43. Ido is survived by his wife Ayelet, three daughters, his parents, two sisters and many friends and admirers.
Roi, Gali and Shira, Ido's three daughters, touched the audience's heart when they spoke at the ceremony. "I am happy that there is now a lookout that is connected to my father," Roni said. "This is a place to remember my father and be happy," Gali added. And Shira, the youngest daughter, concluded by saying that "even people who never met my father will know about him now thanks to this site. You can feel the great love he gave and received from everyone here."
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