Israel’s memorial day commemorations to begin Tuesday

Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism to begin Tuesday into Wednesday ahead of Israel’s celebration of 70 years of independence



On Tuesday evening into Wednesday, Israel will commemorate Yom Hazikaron, the State of Israel’s national Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.

Yom HaZikaron was implemented in 1963 and is a national day of remembrance for all who have fallen for the creation of the State of Israel. It is one of four Jewish holidays and remembrance days added to the Jewish calendar since the establishment of the State of Israel.

Yom Hazikaron will begin Tuesday evening with a siren at 8:00 pm designating one minutes of silence for Israel’s 23,645 fallen (since 1860). In the past year there have been 71 soldiers and security personnel deaths and 12 civilian deaths from terror attacks.

Ceremonies will be held through out the nation Tuesday evening and Wednesday ahead of Israel’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’atzmaut) celebrations that will begin on Wednesday evening into Thursday. On Tuesday evening, a candle lighting ceremony will be held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem as with every year.

On Wednesday a memorial ceremony will be held at Israel’s national military cemetery, Mt. Herzl, in Jerusalem, where Prime Minister Netanyahu, President Rivlin and several Israeli officials will speak. Numerous ceremonies held through out Israel, and all of the IDF will participate or attend military ceremonies. On Wednesday morning, a two-minute siren will be heard through out all of Israel remembering Israel’s fallen. Ceremonies and programs will continue through out the day until Wednesday evening when Israel will celebrate its 70 years of independence.

Border crossings will be closed from the Gaza Strip and West Bank through Friday.