Peres: Peace will come thanks to fallen troops (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Omri Efraim Published: 04.24.12, 20:23)
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On Remembrance Day eve, President Shimon Peres says, ´We shall
forever remain indebted to fallen soldiers´
Israelis across the country observed a moment of silence on Tuesday
evening in memory of 22,993 fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism
who were killed since 1860.
The siren marked the beginning of this year´s Remembrance Day events
and was followed by a memorial service at the Western Wall, attended
by President Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.
President Peres said: "Israel was born out of a great dream, and
built a reality greater than that dream. Today´s IDF is stronger than
ever, and possesses strategic wisdom and sophisticated technology.
Peace will come thanks to the fallen troops."
"Your beloved ones had a crucial part in the achievements of the
state," he said, addressing the bereaved families. "We shall forever
remain indebted to your children. No act or gesture on our part can
relieve your pain and the memories that will not vanish."
IDF chief Gantz said, "We have the duty to bridge the gaps, stand
side by side and serve in the IDF, our army… If we manage to preserve
our determination and maintain an inner peace, we will be able to
gather the strength necessary to deter our enemies from our borders
and allow for peace.
A memorial sing-along is also being held at the Knesset, and is
attended by Knesset Speaker Rivlin and Defense Minister Ehud Barak,
On Wednesday, various memorial services are to be held, concluding
with a torch-lighting ceremony on Mount Herzl at 8 pm.
Meanwhile, a letter addressed to Public Diplomacy and Diaspora
Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein arrived at his office, warning the
authorities to cancel the Independence Day ceremony "and move it to a
closed venue before state officials are hurt."
The envelope included a newspaper clipping with an article about the
fatal stage incident that occurred on Mount Herzl during rehearsals
for the event, which is set to take place on Wednesday evening. The
ministry filed a complaint with the police.
A total of 126 new names have been added to the list of Israel´s
fallen soldiers and terrorism victims in the past year. Israel now
has 10,524 bereaved families who have lost 22,993 loved ones. The
families include 2,396 orphans and 4,992 widows. Attila Somfalvi
contributed to this report (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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