The IDF placed small national flags on the gravestones of fallen soldiers at the Mount Herzl military cemetery on Sunday. The ceremony was attended by Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, as well as additional senior security officials.
The ceremony has been held annually for the past 14 years to commemorate soldiers who fell in battle to protect the country. The IDF said that by Tuesday, Israeli flags will be placed on the tombstone of every fallen soldier buried in military cemeteries or in military sections of cemeteries.
"This is our way to remember all of the fallen," Eisenkot said. "It is our way to express our longing and appreciation for our brothers in arms who paid with their lives for defending the country they loved," he added. Addressing the bereaved families, the chief of staff said "no person can fully understand the pain you feel, the pain that does not fade with time. All we can offer you is our sincere support, and the promise that the IDF will continue to stand at your side at every hour, and strengthen your hand as much as needed. We will continue to accompany you and share with you our longing for the sons and daughters who are no longer with us."