The IDF Honors 22,993 Fallen Soldiers (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jewish Press News Briefs 04/25/12)
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The IDF honors, on Israel’s official Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers
and Victims of Terrorism, the memory of 22,993 fallen soldiers who
have given their lives since 1860.
Over the past year 126 soldiers were added to the count.
The number of bereaved Israeli families in 2012 is 10,524 including
2,396 orphans and 4,992 widows.
Israeli Memorial Day events began Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. with
honorary ceremonies held across the country.
In a letter to IDF soldiers and commanders, the Chief of the General
Staff Lt. Gen. Gantz wrote, “Another year passed, another year of
standing guard, of relentless, exuberant, hard work ensuring the
security of Israeli citizens. A year passed and again we stand at
Memorial Day ceremonies, by graves of fallen brothers, facing
monuments with a endless and unfathomable rows of names of the
“A year passed, and Memorial Day once again lays its heavy silence on
the entire Israeli nation. This year as well, the IDF is missing
soldiers among its ranks, grieving but powerful, remembering
thousands of fallen commanders and soldiers who fell throughout the
years,” wrote Lt. Gen. Gantz.
The Chief of Staff added that “on this special day, we must look at
ourselves, our units, and the IDF at large and ask: Are we fulfilling
the mission of our generation? Are we bringing Israel to safe shores?”
“We see the IDF as a strong, determined, intimidating,
technologically advanced, sophisticated military that can overcome
any challenge at this monumental hour – when the Middle East is in
turmoil, and terror organizations are relentlessly working to harm
Lt. Gen. Gantz concluded his letter, saying “We have another sacred
duty – standing alongside the families of our fallen brothers and
supporting all bereaved families. Parents, siblings, spouses and
children who lost the dearest of all in a single day, and paid the
heaviest price for the life and independence of Israel. Today, like
every day, we embrace them as one powerful family – the family that
is Israel Defense Forces, grieving over its fallen and embracing them
forever.” (© 2012 JewishPress. 04/25/12)
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