We are here to honor your memory, Shappy,
For two years, we the March 2004 team walked side by side, fought
together with you on the different fronts, and before you were
taken from us, it was always you who would call us, concerned for
the well-being of your friends.
To honor your memory, we are building a lookout that will be
known as the Mitspor Ha-Sayarim (Patrolman's Lookout). It
will be located on the Karmia Ridge of Mount Carmel.
This Lookout is first and foremost a symbol of your love for nature
and of the outstanding ability to navigate with great accuracy that
you demonstrated throughout your military service.
The Patrolman's Lookout will provide us, and numerous other
soldiers, with a place to meet and remember you; a place where
others can get to know who you were; a place that looks out over
breathtaking views where we can remember you and the indelible
mark that you left on our lives, with your knowledge, your experience,
your warmth and your sensitivity.
And of course this Lookout, which will be beautiful like you, will
be a living monument for your family. There is so much to tell and
write about you, our one-of-a-kind and special brother.
Today, more than two years since Ido left us, we ask for your help
to complete this monument to honor Ido's memory.
In planning and designing the Lookout, our first concern was to
ensure that we protected the natural surroundings and caused no
damage. We who have trekked and navigated our way across Israel
from north to south and east to west, firmly believe that protecting
the natural environment is of the utmost importance. With this
belief in mind, we envision creating a unique memorial that will
contain no synthetic or contaminating materials. Instead, we will
use resources that are in keeping with the surroundings – local
rocks and stones will be used to build the lookout around alreadyexisting
paths, and trees will be planted that do not overwhelm
the long-established brush in this area.
The shape of the lookout will be circular to envelope and embrace
those who stand within. The area of the monument itself will not be
planted so as to retain the natural beauty of the environment.
The Lookout will be a meeting place that faces out towards
breathtaking views that will cause time to stop momentarily, leaving
us alone with our memories.
When we chose this location, we were pleased to see that the Israel
National Trail passes just a few meters below the lookout. The area
and the Lookout will be well signposted, inviting people – individuals
and families, new and veteran soldiers and anyone who walks the
National Trail – to stop at the Lookout point which will provide
them with a place to rest, to enjoy the view and the wide open
space. The Lookout will also provide us with a special place where
we can reminisce and share our memories of Ido with the Shapira
family; where we can shower them with warmth and affection, in
the hope that this will bring a small measure of comfort to the
family and to the Unit which was scarred by the tragedy.
.All this is living testimony to our friend Ido who, with great skill
and assurance, navigated his way between the trails and rocks,
over hills and mountains and through the vegetation, all of which
he loved so much.
By the time we had finished our military training and had begun our
combat assignments, we had also learned the ultimate importance
of development and training. We learned to appreciate the mother
who raises her children to have values and gives them a proper
education; we learned to value the school teacher who lovingly
teaches and educates their students; and our commanding officers
who trained us; and we in turn volunteered to train and guide, to
the best of our ability, new teams of soldiers.
Today we regard the building of this Lookout, the desire to perpetuate
the memory of Ido z"l, and the Zionist and environmental endeavors
as a value of the greatest importance. We understand the impact
of protecting and developing the natural environment, and of
course the importance of perpetuating the memory of those we
The State of Israel is saturated with pain, sadness and memorial
monuments. However, without these monuments, museums,
and milestones, we have no way of preserving and passing on to
those who come after us, the history of this old-young country, or
of ensuring its continuity. These monuments enable us to believe
and hope for a better future.