Israel Hushed As Nation Observes Annual Memorial Day for War Dead

Memorial candles were lit tonight at the home of President Zalman Shazar to mark the beginning of Memorial Day for Israel’s war dead. Sirens were sounded at seven p.m. local time and all places of entertainment closed. Prime Minister Levi Eshkol and Chief of Staff Haim Bar-Lev addressed the nation by radio tonight. Tomorrow, memorial services will be held in military cemeteries throughout Israel.

In his Memorial Day message, Mr. Eshkol warned that “every attempt to destroy Israel will come to nothing.” He said the enemy still refused to understand this. “Daily we stand in battle, ready to repel aggressors,” he said. “The struggle is long and hard and we have paid the price of precious blood. But Israel has been saved and within our hearts there is happiness mingled with sadness. Long rows of fresh graves have been added to our cemeteries. On a tray of steel and lead, they have given us our lives anew.”

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