Sergeant Major (Res.) Hagi Avni
On the morning of October 7th, the day after his 50th birthday, Hagi took up arms to combat the terrorists that had invaded the kibbutz. Hagi was one of the first members of the security team to fall in battle. His body was not recovered from Gaza until later, when he was buried in Kibbutz Revivim on October 24th.
Hagi had an event-designing and planning business with a specific emphasis on the use of plants and flowers. He was described as being “go-with-the-flow” and extremely creative, and he was known for always being the first to volunteer and help with any request.
One of Hagi’s sons, Reef, said that his father was not afraid of death because he knew it would eventually come. This allowed him to live in the moment and have as much fun as possible. Reef said that one of the many lessons that he learned from his father was to take advantage of the time that you have on this planet. Reef, a photographer, said that he believes his father would urge him to continue doing what he loves despite the pain.
Hagi’s wife, Adi, described her longing for her husband as unbearable. She wrote that the October 7th and the realization that Hagi is not coming back “wasn’t a dream, it’s a nightmare.” In a message on Facebook written to Hagi, she wrote, “my comfort is our wonderful children. In each one of them you left a different piece of yourself, and when they are all with me, I feel you. A broken heart is a whole heart. I’m sorry I didn’t say it enough: I love you”
Hagi is survived by his wife, Adi, and their 5 children, Reef, Yam, Bar, Gav, and Eliel. He is also survived by his parents, Pnina and Amotz, and his 6 siblings.
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About The Author
Liana Weinberger is a Tel Aviv University student and IDF reservist. She started the Fallen Soldier Tribute to commemorate each fallen member of our nation and give meaning to the growing list of those taken from us.