Some 200 persons attended the memorial ceremony on Friday morning for former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who died three years ago, outside Sharon's Sycamore Farm in the Negev.
In attendance at the ceremony at the gravesite of the eleventh prime minister, who is buried alongside his second wife Lily, were President Reuven Rivlin, Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi, and Leader of the Opposition Isaac Herzog.
The president, referring to Sharon by his nickname, said in part, "Three years have passed since we escorted Arik to his land, to the hill where Lily, whom he so loved, lies."
He added, "Arik was one of a kind: an illustrious commander, perhaps one of the great commanders of the IDF. An Israeli hero. Focused on his goal. Fearless. Limitless. The only frontier before him was opportunity. Walls and fortifications were challenges to be conquered and overcome. A man full of initiative and movement. Even if it seemed that he was standing still, he was always looking for the way to reach the top.
"He became a symbol. A symbol of the power and ingenuity of the IDF. A symbol of courage and especially victory at all costs. But before he was a leader and public figure, he was a man of the earth—of the good land."