Preparations are already underway forYom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, which begins tonight at sundown in the Holy Land.
Earlier this week Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) orphans. Five of these children lost their fathers during Operation Protective Edge last summer. During the gathering in his office, they discussed what it’s like to lose a close relative in a war or other military operation. The prime minister shared how he coped with losing his brother Yoni in Operation Entebbe in 1976.
Elsewhere in Israel, military officials have placed 23,320 flags at half-mast on the graves of IDF soldiers, police officers, and other security personnel who lost their lives in service to the state of Israel. Memorial ceremonies will be held at military cemeteries throughout Israel, and the nation will come to a standstill this evening at the sounding of a minute-long siren, calling all Israelis to remember their fallen soldiers and victims of terror.