Thank you for sharing - I agree with everything you say, and as a recent participant I can say my experience was the same. The interaction with the soldiers was almost certainly the most poignant and enlightening aspect of the journey. For me, connecting with them, and learning to understand what it is they fight for, that was what I will carry with me forever. When we went to Mt. Hertzel, they each had a story about a fallen friend, and as they told their stories, I could feel the attitude of the group changing. All of a sudden, we realized were part of a family and had brothers and sisters who were actively fighting for our right to exist.
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