As Israel prepares to celebrate her 70 years of modern existence tomorrow, she also stopped to remember those who made said existence possible. The Times of Israel reports that a two-minute siren brought the Jewish state to a halt today as her people observed Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror:
At 11:02 a.m., the official commemoration ceremony began at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl with a prayer for the dead by IDF Chief Rabbi Brig. Gen. Eyal Karim.
Israel’s Memorial Day is marked annually with candle-lighting ceremonies, melancholy music on the radio, and newspaper features and TV programs about those who died.
Since 1860, when the first Jewish neighborhood was established outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, a total of 23,646 men and women have died while serving in the security services of Israel and the pre-state Jewish community, according to official figures.
In all, 71 new names were added over the past year to the roster of those who died defending the country. Thirty of those were disabled veterans who passed away due to complications from injuries sustained during their service. The total tally also includes soldiers who died in car accidents, from suicide and from other causes off the battlefield.
Twelve names were also added to the list of terror victims who were killed in attacks...