After the sounding of a one-minute siren, the main Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) ceremony at the Western wall began, with President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief-of-Staff Gadi Eizenkot in attendance. This year, Israel remembers the 23,477 who fell while defending the country.
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The State of Israel bows its head in memory of the fallen: The Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) main ceremony, in memory of the fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism, at the Western wall is currently underway, with President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief-of-Staff Gadi Eizenkot in attendance. The ceremony began after the minute-long siren and the lowering of the state flag to half-staff.
This year, Israel remembers the 23,477 who fell while defending the country since 1860. In the past year, 68 IDF soldiers and 59 disabled veterans who passed away were recognized as fallen soldiers.
After the ceremony, at 9:15 PM, the “Singing to Their Remembrance” event will begin at the Knesset. Rivlin, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich will be in attendance.
The ceremonies will continue tomorrow, with the annual memorial services at the military cemeteries all over the country. More than 1.5 million people are expected to visit the various military cemeteries throughout the day. At 11:00 AM, a two-minute siren will be sounded.