Sirens to sound at 8 p.m. Sunday marking start of Memorial Day

A one-minute siren will wail nationwide at 8 p.m. Sunday marking the start of memorial ceremonies. The lighting of the memorial flame will take place at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City following the siren with President Reuven Rivlin and Gadi Eisenkot in attendance.
Memorial Day will finish at 8 p.m. on Monday evening with the torch lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl which will mark the opening of Israel's 69th Independence Day celebrations.
The official state memorial ceremony will be held begin at that hour at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, led by Rivlin, Netanyahu and Eisenkot. At the same time, the Kiryat Shaul military ceremony in Tel Aviv will host a memorial event led by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.
Over 1.5 million people are expected to visit military cemeteries across the country on Memorial Day.
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