The Legacy of a Silent Hero-Azkara Memorial for Eran Almog
January 28, 2008
Jan 28, 2008
A year ago, the Almog family tragically lost their special son Eran, ob”m, at only 23 years of age. One of the first residents of ALEH Negev, Eran was the inspiration behind the establishment of the rehabilitative village for disabled young adults, which has since been renamed in his memory.
Eran’s passing had reverberations beyond his immediate family. His loss was felt by the ALEH family of friends, supporters and residents. His father, Major General (res) Doron Almog, chairman of ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, has made it his life’s work to fulfilling the unwritten will and legacy of Eran to provide a real quality of life for the special-needs population amongst us.
In honor of his yahrzeit on January 27 (20 Shvat), a special memorial ceremony was held at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran, with presentation of the first annual Eran Almog award. The prize, instituted to recognize those who have demonstrated excellence in their service to the special-needs population, was awarded to a select group of ALEH staff. The awardees were duly moved and honored, and onlookers were encouraged to emulate their example.
Board member Tzipa Carmon, who spoke at the awards ceremony, said that the only problem was limiting the number of awardees, as all ALEH workers were equally deserving. Tzipa said that while she had been personally inspired by the leaders and prime forces behind ALEH, it was those workers who gave of themselves on a daily basis who were the true backbone of the organization. “You, the workers of ALEH…you shoulder the burden of making sure our special children achieve their fullest potential. You give of yourselves with love and devotion, day after day, hour after hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. May you be privileged to continue in your sacred work, and I give my word that we – the members of the board – will do our part to ensure that you are able to carry on.”
The award ceremony, which will be held annually, was led by Nitsan, Eran’s sister, following the moving tributes delivered by her and her father, Doron Almog.
Eran inspired in life. Now the words used to invoke his life and memory inspire as well.
Read the moving tributes here.
Read about The Eran Almog Fund here.
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