NEW YORK (Apr. 27)
More than 600 people attended last night a memorial service for the men and women who fell in Israel’s wars. The “Yom Hazikaron Memorial,” which is marked every year on the eve of Independence Day, was held in Town Hall and was organized by the Consulate General of Israel in New York, on the occasion of Israel’s 34th anniversary.
Naphtali Lavie, Israel’s Consul General, told the gathering: “Tonight we commemorate the thousands of young men and women who gave their lives for our independence and for our existence, as a free people in its own ancient land. Nearly 12,000 young men and women were lost during the wars that Israel’s neighbors launched against her — more than 6,000 of them on the Egyptian front.”
Lavie underscored the great sacrifice Israel made to achieve peace with Egypt. He declared: “Let us hope that the rest of the Arab countries surrounding Israel will follow the example set by Egypt and join with Israel in searching for a peaceful solution of coexistence.”