Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars 370.
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Millions of Israelis will mark Remembrance Day on Sunday evening, and pay
tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the country’s defense.
minute-long siren will ring out across the country at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and a
two minute siren will be heard on Monday at 11 a.m.
IDF Chief of Staff
Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz will join President Shimon Peres for a
candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall on Sunday evening.
the official state memorial ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. at the Mount Herzl
military cemetery in Jerusalem. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Peres and
Gantz will be in attendance.
At the same time, Defense Minister Moshe
Ya’alon will attend a memorial ceremony at the military cemetery at Kiryat
Israel, including the pre-state yishuv, has lost 25,578 casualties
to war and terrorism since 1860, according to figures released by the Defense
Over the past year, 43 disabled IDF veterans died of their
disabilities, and have been recognized as fallen soldiers.
Monday, more than 1.5 million Israelis are expected to visit military
cemeteries, and the Defense Ministry has organized hundreds of buses to
The ministry has also prepared 1 million water bottles
to hand out to bereaved families and the general public at the entrance to
cemeteries. It expects some 23,000 candles to be lit at grave sites.
are 10,245 bereaved parents, 4,964 widows, and 2,324 people orphaned by war or
terrorist attacks – a total of 17,533.
On Thursday night, Ya’alon
emphasized the IDF’s role in keeping Israelis safe.
despite so many elements that wanted to prevent this country’s founding, and who
continue to invest so much everyday to destroy us – they arise here in our
intelligence assessments, Iran, Hezbollah – nevertheless, there is no doubt,
that what stands between independence and a lack of independence is the shield
of the IDF.”