|Three years later, the March 2004 team is scattered everywhere.
Some members of the team are working overseas while others are
traveling and exploring the world. Some are studying at university;
some are still serving in the IDF and others are involved in different
business interests. But all 23 members of this team have one common
denominator. At some time or another, they will all tell Ido's story,
recalling the tragic events, the pain, the acute sense of loss, and the
desire to build a lookout to honor his memory.
|| The March 2004 team is comprised of twenty-three combat soldiers
who for one and a half years endured a challenging and content-rich
training course that prepared them for active duty. After completing
their training, the team was sent into Judea and Samaria. Their
assignment was to thwart and prevent terrorist activities in the areas
in which they were serving, which ranged from the towns of Nablus,
Kalkiliyah and Jenin to the smallest villages of the region.
Throughout the months of combat, numerous known terrorists were
arrested or killed, explosives and explosive devices were found, and
terrorist attacks were thwarted, all thanks to these combat soldiers.
Night after night, the team embarked on challenging and complex
operations that were riddled with danger, both before and even
after Ido's death.
The team continued with their combat duties, and played a key role in
the Second Lebanon War, participating in some of that war's harshest
battles in the towns of Maroun al-Ras, Bint Jbeil, and others.
Two officers and seven commanders emerged from this team. Two of
them headed leading sections in the commando unit, while others
served as instructors and played an integral part in the training given
to young soldiers, and in helping the unit to evolve and prepare
for routine assignments and active duty. Throughout their military
service, the combat soldiers in this unit were trained, educated
and prepared to be commanders. They were taught to think and
respond in a particular way, to take initiative and responsibility, and
to be leaders in anything they took upon themselves. The plan was
that Ido z"l would also serve as a team sergeant in the unit, but just
a few short weeks before he was due to take up his new post, he
was part of the operation that was to be his last.
The friendships and connections that these soldiers developed during
their military service became a routine part of life, and continued
even after their release from the IDF. Based on deep familiarity, this
friendship is very strong and will not cease or fade over the years.
The team members get together periodically to catch up with each
other, reminisce, and share their experiences. Although a team gettogether
is an important event and is given top priority, there are
sometimes people who cannot make it, especially those who are
traveling overseas. Sadly, there is also one other person – Ido – who
will never participate in these important get-togethers.
We are looking forward with hope to the building of the Lookout.
Its completion will give us the feeling that Ido is with us not just in
soul and spirit, but in a real and physical way too. The Lookout will
provide his friends from home and from the army, the Jewish people,
and of course his family and us with a place where we can hold on
to our lingering memories of Ido; a place that will perpetuate, in the
best way possible, the memory of Ido, z"l.