Israeli fallen soldiers with unknown burial places are remembered


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembered Israel’s fallen soldiers whose places of burial are unknown.

The Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers Whose Place of Burial is Unknown was fixed by the Chief Rabbinate on the 7th of Adar, which this year falls on Sunday. The 7th of Adar is the day of both the birth and death of the biblical figure Moses.

"The State of Israel is making constant efforts to return our fallen for proper burial, and is working without respite to locate our missing," Netanyahu said Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting in marking the day.

A burial plot was dedicated in the fallen soldiers’ memories at Har Herzl, Israel’s national cemetery and home to other significant memorials. The names of the soldiers buried in unknown graves are engraved on a memorial wall at the cemetery.

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