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Israel Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron)

  • Casualties from Recent Lebanon War Remembered on Israel’s Memorial Day

    The young men from reserve battalion 9211 greeted each other with quiet handshakes and embraces on Israel’s Memorial Day by the rose and flag-covered grave of their friend David Smidov. “It’s a difficult day,” Ori Bushari, 26, said on Monday. Bushari had been friends with Smidov since the day they were drafted together nearly eight… More ▸

  • Israel Observes Memorial Day in Shadow of Lebanon Conflict

    Israelis stood for a minute in silence Monday night as sirens wailed across the country, officially ushering in the country’s annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers. President Ezer Weizman was among the Israeli officials who attended the main commemorative ceremony, held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Recalling the 18,211 soldiers who died… More ▸

  • Israel Somberly Observes Memorial Day, then Shifts Gears for Independence Day

    The mood in Israel was somber on Yom Hazikaron Wednesday, despite the thousands of blue-and-white flags flapping from utility poles, building and cars in preparation for the joyous celebration of Israel’s 44th Independence Day the following day. More than 50,000 family and friends of Israel’s war dead gathered under gray skies at 40 military cemeteries… More ▸

  • Politics Drown out Siren Wail on Memorial Day in Israel

    Memorial Day for Israel’s war dead began Tuesday evening with the wail of sirens that signified the start of a 24-hour period of mourning. But they may not have drowned out the political furor that erupted Monday when Israel Radio announced, with obvious surprise, that Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were not on the list… More ▸

  • Israel’s Memorial Day Begins with Sirens and Inspiration

    Sirens sounded all over Israel at 8 p.m. on Monday, ushering in Memorial Day, a solemn 24-hour observance that will be followed Wednesday by the festivities marking the 41st anniversary of independence. As usual, the nation’s leaders urged the populace to draw inspiration from those who died in battle. According to official figures released this… More ▸

  • Memorial Day in Israel

    At precisely 9:30 Saturday night, sirens wailed all over Israel announcing the start of Memorial Day. They sounded again at 11 a. m. Sunday when commemorative services for the 16,200 men and women who lost their lives in Israel’s wars and in terrorist attacks since 1948 began at the Western Wall in Jerusalem and at… More ▸