Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Israel remembers


Today was Remembrance Day. Israelis come together in a collective remembering of all our "one big family" members whose lives were lost in terrorist actions and in Israel's wars. Not only Jews; also Bedouin, Druze, Circassian, Muslim, and Christian citizens and soldiers who were killed.

The newspaper says "22,437 soldiers have been killed since 1860, when the first settlers moved outside Jerusalem's walls. Of these, 65 were killed since last Memorial Day. Since the state's establishment, 1,634 civilians have been killed in terror attacks. Of these, 24 people were killed since last Memorial Day. " This monument is on Har HaZikaron, the Mount of Remembrance, which includes the military cemetery, Mt. Herzl, and Yad Vashem. Each plaque shows names of terror victims. And there are THIS many:
Today we pay tribute to those who sacrificed their life for our country. We hug the bereaved families in our heart. We hope for a time without such mourning.
As the Psalmist says, Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

4 comments:

Kris McCracken said...

That is a stunning monument. Let’s hope that the number will be zero on next memorial day.

Musings said...

My heart goes out to all who have suffered and HOPE for peace...

Chrisss said...

I am praying for the peace of Jerusalem today and always. My heart goes out to the many families who have lost loved ones.

Dina said...

Thank you dear Kris, Musings, and Chrisss. I am glad we have friends like you in the world.