Tuesday, May 02, 2006

The imperative to remember

This year Tuesday 2 May is Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day).
From Ynet News, 1/5/06, by Aviad Kleinberg:

We must try to ensure no more sacrifices are needed

... Each Memorial Day, Israel remembers the many thousands who gave their lives in obedience to its laws, the thousands who found their ways to our military cemeteries to defend this country.

... it is impossible to be moved by the faith of so, so many, who believed that Israeli "togetherness" was something not only to live for, but also to die for. At their willingness to lay down their lives for others. For us....

National sacrifice
...The fallen have come from every sector of society – rich and poor, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, Jewish and non-Jewish, country folk and city dwellers, university educated and illiterate people, new immigrants and veteran Israelis .... The dead, whose absence casts a heavy pall over our lives.

Remembering the dead is more than missing our loved ones who are no longer with us. It is a moral imperative, one that demands we do all we can to ensure their sacrifice was not in vein. So there will be no need for further sacrifices.

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