siren standing yom hazikaron 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israelis observed two-minutes of
silence on Monday morning as a siren rang out across the country in
honor of Israel's fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day.
stopped on highways and people halted their work days to observe the
moment of silence on Monday at 11 a.m., after Remembrance Day was
launched on Sunday evening with a one-minute siren.
The siren on Monday morning was followed by ceremonies in honor of the fallen at military cemeteries throughout the country.
official state memorial ceremony commenced following the siren at the Mount
Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu,
President Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz were in attendance.
Israel, including the pre-state yishuv, has lost 25,578 casualties
to war and terrorism since 1860, according to figures released by the
More than 1.5 million Israelis are expected to
visit military cemeteries, and the Defense Ministry has organized
hundreds of buses to transport people.Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.