A veteran anchor for Israel’s conservative Channel 20 News broke down in tears during a live broadcast on Memorial Day last week.
During the segment, anchor Sara Beck (pictured) was highlighting a particular fallen soldier by the name of Udi Algarbeli. In the short clip below she can be seen choking up before apologizing to her audience and continuing through tears with the report.
Beck explains that she went to high school with Udi and the two had remained friends up until his untimely death.
Udi Algarbeli was killed in 1994 as he lead his platoon to the IDF-held Reihan outpost in southern Lebanon. As they neared the position, Udi and his troops came under heavy Hezbollah artillery fire. As their commanding officer, Udi took to the turret of the armored personnel carrier in which he was riding to direct and give orders to his soldiers. Exposed to enemy fire, Udi was fatally wounded.
His family, friends and comrades produced a documentary about Udi’s life and military service, and every Hanukkah they visit various youth camps to encourage unity and Zionist ideals among young Israelis.
Beck’s public reaction to recalling her friend, even 26 years after his death, demonstrates how intensely personal Memorial Day is for nearly every Israeli. There are very few people in the country who have not lost a loved one or friend to war or terrorism. As such, Beck’s reaction would have resonated with every Israeli.