Representatives from the San Martin Institute and KKL-JNF hold a ceremony to honor General Jose de San Martin.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Members of the Latin American diplomatic corps, representatives of KKL-JNF, and guests gathered at the KKL-JNF San Martin center in the Eshtaol forest, to honor the man who was liberator for the Latin American continent, as well as a leader both militarily and morally.
The ceremony, which was hosted by the Argentine embassy, the San Martin Institute and KKL-JNF, began with the playing of the Argentine and Israeli national anthems.
Director of the KKL-JNF Latin American Department Ariel Goldgewicht, representing KKL-JNF Vice President Hernán Felman, greeted the guests at the site, which displays a magnificent memorial to San Martin. Goldgewicht noted that over the past century, KKL-JNF has created and planted new forests, rehabilitated and restored old ones, reclaimed lands for urban development and constructed water reservoirs.
“It is a great honor and pride to know that it is in these forests - on the hills of Jerusalem, surrounded by trees that portray life, rebirth and the importance of protecting and caring for the earth - that we choose to remember and commemorate our past heroes -heroes that forged a society, an example of patriotism and self-determination. Integral men who put essential ethical morals and values into action, making them the greatest leaders humanity has created”, said Goldgewicht. “San Martin had a very clear vision of what needed to be transmitted to the nations of the Americas in order for them to continue as free sovereign nations,” said Ricardo Malamud, director of the San Martin Institute, which is dedicated to propagating the ideals of San Martin, especially the importance of education. “When we speak about the Father of the Nation we not only remember the Liberator as such; a military leader, his example of austerity, citizenship and love of liberty; but also his vision regarding the importance of education.”
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