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Israel Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron)

  • 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 ▸

  • Memorial Day in Israel

    Naomi Amely, whose husband was killed in action in the Sinai campaign of 1956, received a blazing torch from President Chaim Herzog at the Western Wall Monday night, officially opening Memorial Day, a day of solemn remembrance of the nearly 10,000 men and women who have fallen in battle since the State of Israel was… More ▸

  • Some 2,000 People Mark Israel’s 37th Anniversary, Memorial Day

    The Jewish community here celebrated Israel’s 37th anniversary and pledged to identify with the problems of the Jewish State, improve Jewish education and to intensify aliya. Nerry Bloomfield, president of the Canadian Zionist Federation, told some 2,000 people attending the anniversary celebration at the Expo Theater, “Not only today, but every day we must remember… More ▸

  • Ceremony at the Western Wall Ushers in Israel’s Memorial Day

    A brief but touching ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem last night ushered in Memorial Day, a 24-hour period of mourning and remembrance in honor of Israel’s war dead. It traditionally precedes the Independence Day festivities which begin at sundown this evening. President Chaim Herzog, who spoke at the Western Wall last night, noted… More ▸

  • Israel Marks Memorial Day

    Sirens wailed shortly after sundown last night to mark the beginning of Memorial Day, 24 hours of solemn retrospection, muted ceremonies and private grieving for the fallen soldiers in each of the wars Israel has fought since its founding in 1948. The sirens sounded again this morning, at precisely II a.m. local time to announce… More ▸

  • Israel Marks Memorial Day

    Premier Menachem Begin said today that the principal lesson of the Holocaust was never to underrate those who declare their intention to kill Jews. One of the reasons the Holocaust occurred, he said at the Martyrs and Heroes Memorial Day ceremony at the Yad Vashem here, was the lack of motivation among diaspora Jews to… More ▸

  • Solemn Memorial Day Observances in Israel Proceed Independence Day Celebrations

    Israel observed a solemn memorial day today for its fallen soldiers and the men and women who fought for independence in the pre-statehood era. The memorial period was ushered in by the wailing of sirens yesterday evening. When the sirens sound again tonight, they will mark the start of Israel’s 21st Independence Day celebrations. A… More ▸