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Nationwide ceremonies marking Israel´s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of
Terrorism Remembrance Day ushered in with two-minute siren
Israel marked its annual Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism
Remembrance Day Wednesday, with a series of national ceremonies.
The memory of the nation´s 22,993 fallen soldiers and victims of
terror was observed with a two minute siren, which sounded nationwide
at 11 am.
The main State ceremony, at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, followed.
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and IDF
Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen Benny Gantz were in attendance.
"My brothers and sisters in grief, I know how each one of you feels.
I am one of you," Netanyahu said, referring to the loss of his
brother, Yonatan Netnayahu, who was killed in action during Operation
Entebbe. "(…) Yoni I miss you every day, in the little moments and
the big ones, in the happy moments and the sad ones. This is how all
of us feel… I know that thanks to those who have died, we live."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak took part in a memorial service at Tel
Aviv´s Kiryat Shaul Cemetery: "If there is any consolation to the
pain, it is in knowing the loss was not for naught.
"Our enemies near and far have not accepted our existence, but they
are facing a state that is stronger than ever, a state that would
protects its sovereignty in any situation," he said, adding, "Let us
hope for a day when soldiers are no longer sent to the battlefield,"
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin spoke at a service held on Jerusalem´s
Mount of Olives: "Anyone who has never stepped foot between these
graves won´t understand what Jerusalem is, won´t realize how deep it
is rooted in our hearts."
He added: "We didn´t return to the mountain only to leave it one day.
We returned to Jerusalem in order to live in it, to build it and be
built by it."
The Israel Police held its memorial service on Mt. Herzl, honoring
1,291 police officers who gave their life in the line of duty, just
prior to the State ceremony.
"We are gathered here as one family," Police Commissioner Yohanan
Danino said. "The Israel Police does everything to support the
families left behind. We cherish the memories of our loved ones."
Remembrance Day events began on Tuesday evening, as Israelis
nationwide observed a moment of silence in honor of the country´s
The memorial siren was followed by a State ceremony at the Western
Wall, led by President Peres and IDF Chief Gantz. Boaz Fyler, Omri
Ephraim, Gilda Morag and Neri Brenner contributed to this report
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 04/25/12)
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