Each year, Israel and those who stand with her observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), to remember the six million Jewish lives that were taken during this, one of the darkest chapters in history. And this year, Israel once again observed one of the most touching moments — the entire nation coming to a standstill in commemoration:
Israelis stood in silence while a two-minute siren was heard across the country, in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Pedestrians stood in place, buses stopped on busy streets and cars pulled over on major highways - their drivers standing on the roads with their heads bowed.
In homes and businesses, people stopped what they were doing to pay homage to the victims of the Nazi genocide, in which a third of world Jewry was annihilated.
A wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial followed, with Israeli leaders - including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin - as well as Holocaust survivors in attendance...