Israel remembers her 23,741 fallen soldiers and 3,150 victims of terrorism
Tonight marks the beginning of Israel’s National Memorial Day, Yom HaZikaron.
We remember together the 23,741 fallen Israel soldiers and 3,150 victims of terrorism, who gave their lives so the State of Israel, the miraculous homeland of the Jewish people, who rose from the ashes against all odds, will live.
Israel’s Ministry of Defense last week announced the addition of 96 names to the list of soldiers killed defending the Jewish state since 1860 as well as nine Israeli civilians killed in terrorism-related attacks in the same period, bringing the total to 3,146 terror victims.
The number has increased since last week’s statement after four Israelis were murdered by rocket fire from Gaza this weekend.
56 of the names added were IDF soldiers and police, while the other 40 were veterans who succumbed to disabilities or injuries sustained during their service.
Memorial Day will begin at 8pm, as a one-minute air raid siren wails across the entire country. The annual remembrance day, which begins every year at sundown, sees Israelis unite in honoring the memory of its dead. The day of mourning ends the following sundown when sadness gives way to the celebrations of Israel’s Independence Day.
Many Israelis mark Memorial Day by visiting the graves of their loved ones who fell in battle or at the hands of terrorists.