Israel comes to standstill for 2-minute siren commemorating fallen soldiers, terror victims

A nationwide siren was sounded at 11:00 AM on Wednesday ahead of the state ceremony honoring the 23,645 members of the security forces who have died since 1948. Later today, a state ceremony for the thousands of Israeli terror victims will be held.
Israelis at a military cemetery, today Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

At 11:00 AM on Wednesday, a two-minute siren was sounded throughout Israel as citizens stand in silence to remember the 23,645 members of the security forces and 3,134 terror victims who have died since 1948. Immediately following the siren, the state ceremony honoring the fallen servicemen and women began at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

Aside from the bereaved families, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Israeli Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut and Israel Police chief Roni Alsheikh attended the ceremony.

Israel’s memorial day for members of the security forces and terror victims began on Tuesday evening with a one-minute siren. Following the minute of silence, the state ceremony at the Western Wall was held. Rivlin and Eisenkot spoke at the ceremony, addressing the bereaved families in the audience.

Jerusalem as the siren blares Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

“We will not for a moment stop working for the country your children fought for,” Rivlin said. “We will continue to fight with determination and steadfastness at any moment when war is approaching us. We will pursue and catch every enemy as we are armed with a marvelous security establishment and the most precious human and moral wealth. With these same strengths, we will continue to strive for quietness, peace and security with all our neighbors.”

According to assessments, about 1.5 million people are expected to visit the various military cemeteries throughout the country during Yom Hazikaron.

At 1:00 PM, the official ceremony honoring the terror victims will begin at Mount Herzl.

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