Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Remembrance Day

Yom HaZikaron is the hardest, most painful day of the year for us.

To quote The Times of Israel --

"Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism formally began at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday as sirens wailed throughout the country, signalling a solemn minute of silence at the start of an annual remembrance marked with candle lightnings, memorial services and melancholy songs.
This year’s memorials commemorate 23,447 men and women who have died in uniform or as victims of terror attacks. The past year saw 68 Israeli soldiers and police die in the line of duty, as well as 32 civilians killed in terror attacks.
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The Defense Ministry’s Families and Commemoration Department expects some 1.5 million visitors at the nation’s 52 military cemeteries and hundreds of smaller military sections in civilian cemeteries.
Wednesday morning’s commemorations begin at 11:00 a.m. with a two-minute memorial siren that will bring the country to a standstill and launch the official state ceremony at the Mount Herzl national military cemetery, as well as military cemeteries nationwide."

(Linking to ABC Wednesday.)


Melody Steenkamp said...

How Sad Dina... but yet so important to 'celebrate'.... i don't know what to say else that would feel right but i hope you feel what i mean!

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / - week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

William Kendall said...

Poignant to see, Dina.

Gosia k said...

Important for next generations

Reader Wil said...

Commemorating the war and victims of wars is important. I now meet more people who don't know anything about the concentrationcamps, the German and Japanese ones.
The past few weeks we have been celebrating the wars all over the world. It was very emotional. On TV we watched movies about the holocaust. I was told several times to stop talking about the camp, where I was a prisoner of war,( I was 9 years old!)because it was such a long time ago. Well, for me it was not a long time ago, it was YESTERDAY.

Wil,ABCW Team

Dina said...

Wil, that is very disturbing and sad, what you tell us here.

Kay said...

It's a sad thing to acknowledge, but needs to be remembered so that people can learn from past human tragedies. Unfortunately, people just don't seem to learn. We keep making the same sort of mistakes.

Roger Owen Green said...

war, the cliche says, is hell. always.