President Reuven Rivlin.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
In the best reality show format, President Reuven Rivlin put a challenge before a group of children – not to run in quest of a million shekels but in search of a hero.
The youngsters, wearing over-sized grey blazers, gathered at the President’s official residence to learn of their mission and then went out to look for heroes among Israel Defense Forces veterans and victims of terror.
Using public libraries and laptops, the appealing and highly telegenic youngsters tracked down their quarries, heard their stories and presented each of them with a citation acknowledging them as heroes.
After each has found a hero, they return with hero in tow to Rivlin who is delighted with the success of the mission.
The video which has been on You Tube for several days now, is a promotion for a day of recognition of IDF heroes and victims of terrorism which will be held for the first time on Tuesday, December 9 at Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv, where Rivlin will be briefed on rehabilitation programs for disabled veterans and their families. He will also watch a game of wheelchair basketball and a performance of wheelchair dancing. Accompanying Rivlin on the visit will be Haim Bar, Chairman of the IDF Disabled Veterans Association, Yehoshua Cohen, Chairman of the Victims of Terrorism and General (Res) Yoav Galant Chairman of the Friends of the IDF Disabled Veterans.
The people chosen for recognition represent literally hundreds of unsung heroes from the period of the Yom Kippur War in October, 1973 to the present day.
In the video none of them see themselves as heroes, and are essentially modest people who have accepted the cards that life has dealt them, and have continued with their lives to the best of their abilities. The video can be seen on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYifT9jllKs
Tuesday’s ceremony will launch what is intended as an annual tradition to recognize those who have paid a heavy price for defending the nation, and those who have suffered terrorist attacks for no reason than the fact that they are Israelis.
Non-Israelis who have also been victims of such attacks while in Israel are unfortunate proof of the fact that terrorist don’t care who they kill or maim so long as their actual targets are among the dead and wounded.