Yom HaZikaron, or Israel’s Memorial Day, begins at sundown today, and ceremonies will be held across the country to honor Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror:
The day, officially known as Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, lasts for the 24 hours before Independence Day, with the sadness of the day giving way to the joy of celebrating the establishment of the state. …
As of April 14 2015, Israel had lost some 23,320 of its sons and daughters, 116 of them in the last year alone – 67 of those soldiers killed during Operation Protective Edge. Some 35 wounded veterans passed away this year as a result of their injuries, and were thus also recognized as fallen soldiers, the Defense Ministry said.
More than just remembering the fallen, the day also gives Israelis a chance to show their respect for the ‘family of bereaved’ – an umbrella term for all those families who lost their loved ones to terror or war – currently numbering 9,753 bereaved parents, 4,958 widows and 2,049 orphans (under 30); together they number 16,760.
In the past year, as a result of summer war in Gaza, the 67 fallen soldiers added 154 bereaved parents to the ‘family’; 26 children were orphaned as a result of Operation Protective Edge; including two who were born after their fathers fell.