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HE RITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 7, 2004 PAGE 13 By Dina Kraft into chronological sec- day of Yom ha-Zikaron, the tions--the soldiers killed in only songs played on the ra- MOSHAV MAGSHIMIM, the 1956 war and the 1967 dio are sad, Hebrew songs, I rael, (JTA)-- e o~ Six- Day War are in their own many of them about the ISsraels memo ihl ;a ef areas; the Yom Kippur War youngmenandwomenkilled fallen soldiers, Yore ha- fallen are in another, in the country's wars. Lyrics Zikaron, is also Omri A younger set of parentsrecall lives struck down in Atzmon 's birthday, and friends fill the section their prime and the ache of B rn51yearsago;Atzmon reservedforsoldierskilledin goodbye. has a smooth, smiling face, a Lebanon and in Israel's On the moshav in central flOpofdark hair covering his battles since. That section is Israel where Omri Atzmon [ rehead, in photographs particularly crowded, lived, he still is known as the when he was 21. At 11 a.m there is a pierc- boy with "golden hands"-- T day, those photos are all ing wail as the nationwide who grew up worki'ng the that remains of Atzmon, memorial siren sounds. The land and was able to fix any- Wearing a face that never hush that falls over the crowd thing broken. A ceremony changes. at Kiryat Shaul,one of Israel's was held last Sunday night at A member of an elite spe- 43 military cemeteries, ech- the moshav in memory of ial forces team in the Israeli oesthatfeltalloverthecoun- Atzmon and another two army, Atzrnon was killed on try. A sea of heads bows in youngmen from the moshav ??mn!nth day of remembrance, killed in action in the Yom the 1973 grief and .KipPur War. He was On the streets and high- Kippur War. u eep!ntheSinaiDesertwhen ways of Israel, drivers stop Honored and remembered ' gYptian artillerv fire hit his their cars in the middle of alongside them is Eli Cohen, armored ve -- ' A, hlcle, k]lhngthe road and stand at atten- the lsraeli spy who infiltrated ntZmon and his eight fellow era, tion while the siren wails, the highest levels of the Syr- members. Everyone--shoppers, stock- Jan regime before being dis- tzrnon lies buried along brokers and schoolchil-covered and hanged in 1965 Side his Comrades in the mili- dren--pause for the siren, in Damascus. Hiswidow lives .section of the KiryatThere are so many to re- on the moshav. onaul cemetery. Yore ha member. Guy Atzmon, Omri Last Monday, From Nov. 29, 1947, Atzmon's 19-year-old Zikaron, hisyoungerbrother through April 4 of this year, nephew and a soldier in an Y Vr n-"now older than20,196 soldiers died defend- Israel Defense Forces' artil- on ever was--tends to ing Israel. The Israeli gov- lery unit, lowers the Israeli the roses and lilies neatl ar ernment put the figure of flag to half-mast while his ranged i Y " n copper and clay totaldead throughlast'Sun- brother Chen, 12, plays a vdses on the grave, day, the eve of Israel's me- military salute on the trum- :, 'nernbersofAtzmon,sfam morialday, at21,782,includ- pet. Chen began playing the ; Yr:erl among the countless ing fallen soldiers and vic- trumpet three months ago ns Who stand packed be tims of terrorism, so he would be able to play at een the rows of raves, The latest name added to the ceremony. Which stretchYo held .t as vast the list was Cpl. Yaniv At the Atzmon house, the k - s of Square stones, bro- Mashiah of Jaffa, 20, a mem- memory of Omri remains tr e nly by cypress and palm ber of Israel's Border Police, fresh. His father Rafael, 74, whowas killed in a Palestin- says Omri is so present in Inthe Small Jewish state, Jan ambush outside Hebron family members' minds that n erns that almost every- last Sunday night, he half expects his eldest son o ' o aSthe grave of a friend In recent years, Yom ha- to walk in the door at any one to visit on Yom ha'Zikaron Zikaron has changed to in- moment. , Here i " corporate not only soldiers Everyone s favorite stories , n the cemetery at butvictims of terrorism, about Omri are swapped shi, magshzmim, friend- "We hoped that we wouldaround a table filled with a nave t)een forged, not add more names to the mountain of food--home- made stuffed grape leaves, list of fallen," President gra g army buddies with laaunoL. na ro and spreading Moshe Katsav said last Sun- tahina, lasagna, salads and Pare -es mingle with the day in his speech at the state cakes. Photo albums are fallenntSfriendsand siblingsTh of their ceremony marking the be- passed around depicting his them.- e relatives ginning ofYom ha-Zikaron, short life: Omrias a toddler, e ves long have become acquainted. Year after year at the Western Wall plaza in Omriatsummercamp, Omri mey stand alongside each Jerusalem. on a class trip swimming in a .o ther)'.y the row of graves. "To our regret, it was an- desert pool. other year of pain and of YavinAtzmon, the young- nltmg un sun f der a baking blood in the streets, another est of the family's four sons, Zikaly- the official Yom ha- year of sorrow and grief, a was just six years old when ~. roll cerernon t u ey y o begin, year in which the awareness his brother Itai, two years ?,-n.ange family news: grew within us that we are younger than Omri, walked ho ,'.dstl ed, who was born, fighting to defend the lives of in and told the family that sta :'*uan Operation, who is citizens of Israel and for the Omri had been killed, trng college " security of the state," he said. Itai Atzmon was traveling ue cernete " ery is dwided For the entire night and in the same convoy as Omri, YOung people can enjoy and help ofMay brin s ,- true slo o me beginning su nae Wer-paced days of t;-- r, and is the perfect tle:e rStart lining up activi- Children Pane Chtool rs, older people hr eens. Young to i,; L: .n ages are invited first',the Jewish Pavilion's umrner Session With Seniors,a r SPec allv o.gram designed twee.-. ~ ,ur mteractmn be- n Jewist You the Jewi-~ - th/teensand traln elderly of the Cen- are li'-" COmrnunitv who faeili ; " '" long-term care 1'his sum SeVeral there will be tO Ch "'uVitles from x, ",-,use i which "Our :,' " maing a"Share rojec ' e W,t.h. Me" hi'story ma .- : :"' umtion, there ar b. 'na ' Opportunities foer and hi tzvan assignments. easily scgool students can UnHl Volunteer re- qutrernents for the Bright BESSIE SCHWARTZ (center), a resident at The Jewish Pavilion's nursing wing at Westminster Care of Orlando, enjoys the youthful attention of cousins JESSICA (1) and RACHEL WERK. Futures Scholarship through meet a variety of needs, con- The Jewish Pavilion program, tact Arlene van de Rijn, The For more information Jewish Pavilion Outreach about these summer intern- Coordinator, at 407-422- ships that can be created to 6066. photo Brian Hendler/JTA An Israeli family prays over the grave of their relative, as soldiers joln them at the Pit. Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on the eve of Israel's memorial day for its fallen soldiers, Sunday, April 25. Israel will mark Memorial Day on Monday, to honor all those Israeli soldiers killed in wars since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948. only about 150 meters be- Four boys have been "We feel that the nation of hind, when he heard the ex- named in memory of Omri. Israel is with us, embraces us plosion that ripped apart Rifka Atzmon, Omri's andthismovesus--thatevery- Omri's armored vehicle, mother, says that every day one is with us and we are not At the moshav ceremony, hasbeenYomha-Zikaron for alone,"shesays."Wewantthere the Jetters of the word her since her son died, but to be an end to the deaths we "yizkor," Hebrew for "re- thatonthedayitselfshefeels want peace, we want quiet so member," are set aflame, the family is not alone in its others will not have to die. But burning in the night sky. grief, there seems to be no end." WHERE DO YOU Overnight Camp Teen Camp School/US & Abroad Cross Country Trip Wilderness Trip LET US POINT WANT TO BE NEXT YOU IN THE RIGHT SUMMER? 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