Hundreds of bereaved families gathered at the Knesset on Tuesday evening for the annual ceremony honoring the memory of Israeli soldiers and terror victims. At the ceremony, the eight-year-old daughter of a terror victim delivered an emotional speech, breaking down in tears as she spoke about her father.
Watch: Reut Salomon’s emotional address (Video Credit: Haim Zach/GPO)
On Tuesday evening, the Knesset held its annual ceremony honoring the memory of Israeli soldiers and terror victims. Eight-year-old Reut Salomon, who survived the deadly terror attack in Halamish in July 2017, spoke at the ceremony about her father, who was murdered along with his sister and father. As she addressed the audience, she broke down in tears while standing by her mother, Michal.
“I’m proud of you and appreciate you for fighting the terrorist until you couldn’t any longer so that we could hide,” she said in her emotional speech. “Dad, if you hadn’t delayed him there, he would have reached us and Mommy, and who knows what would have happened then. Daddy, Elad, I know that you are proud of us and our brave mom who guarded us from everything and made sure we didn’t make a sound even though we could hear everything that was happening downstairs.”
“Daddy, my Elad, you will always be with me—in school, at home, in my heart. I will miss you for the rest of my life. I will be waiting for you all my life,” she continued. “I’m grateful to God for giving me a dad like you. I’m asking in my heart why my father was taken from me so quickly—I love and miss you, forever, Reut.”
Reut Salomon, last night Photo Credit: The Knesset Channel
Hundreds of bereaved families attended the ceremony, which was organized by the Knesset, the Israeli Defense Ministry and Israel’s national social security agency. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman were among the senior officials who attended the ceremony.
On this Remembrance Day, Israel is honoring the memory of the 23,645 members of the security forces and 3,134 terror victims who have died since 1948. At 11:00 AM on Wednesday, a two-minute siren will be sounded across the country. Immediately following the two minutes of silence, the state ceremony honoring the servicemen and women who fell during Israel’s history will be held at Mount Herzl. At 1:00 PM, the official ceremony honoring the terror victims will begin at Mount Herzl.