From Stand for Israel:
On Sunday night, the people of Israel will observe Yom HaZikaron – Israel Memorial Day. In the United States, where relatively few Americans are connected to anyone who has died in war, Memorial Day has become an excuse to barbecue and watch the Indy 500, though some people still turn out for parades and events honoring our lost heroes.Not just soldiers who died but the memorial is also for the victims of terror attacks.
In Israel, where everyone serves in the military, war is more frequent, some combat operations are continuous, and everyone knows someone who has fallen in battle, Memorial Day has a different meaning. The names of soldiers killed in the line of duty are listed on a TV channel all day. There are memorial events throughout the country. And, of course, there is the siren – one in the evening and again the next day. Memorial Day in Israel is a deeply personal exercise while still remaining a national opportunity to mourn.
And as the sorrow of Israel Memorial Day gives way to the celebration of Israel Independence Day, the little country, whose miraculous existence is owed to the soldiers her citizens just remembered, moves on to the successes and frustrations of another year.
This is a day of sorrow to remember the sacrifices given by families to keep the State of Israel free.
May the day come when the sons and daughters of Israel never have to give their lives to ensure their freedoms.
Brothers In Arms
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