Monday, May 01, 2006

Israel Mourns its Soldiers

From JPost May. 1, 2006 By YAAKOV KATZ:

When the nation bows its head Monday evening to mark the start of Remembrance Day, it will be mourning the 22,123 servicemen and women who have fallen defending the Land of Israel since 1860 - the year Jews settled outside Jerusalem's Old City walls.

In the past year, 138 soldiers have been killed in the service of the state. Remembrance Day officially begins at 8 p.m. Monday when a one-minute siren will sound across the country. President Moshe Katsav will open the state ceremony at the Western Wall attended by Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz and representatives of bereaved parents.

On Tuesday, the main memorial will take place at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl military cemetery. A two-minute siren will sound at 11 a.m. and a ceremony for Mahal overseas volunteers who fought and died during the War of Independence will take place at the Mahal memorial near the Sha'ar Hagai Junction.

...On Monday afternoon, the Victims of Arab Terror organization will hold a ceremony at Zion Square in Jerusalem during which all of the names of Israelis killed in terrorist attacks since 1993 will be read out loud.

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