Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day,
Israel Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day
scouts at memorial day, april 2007
the day opens the evening before at 20:00. a one-minute siren brings the country to a halt during which most israelis stand in silence, commemorating and honoring the fallen.
legacy to our children, april 2007
a two-minute siren, also freezing time, is sounded the following morning, at 11:00, marking the opening of the official memorial ceremonies and private remembrance gatherings held at cemeteries around the country.
the day officially draws to a close at 20:00 in a ceremony of israel independence day on mount herzl, jerusalem, when the israeli flag is returned to full mast.
commemorating memorial day right before independence day is a reminder for israelis of the price paid for independence.
only five minutes – ifat nagar
if you would grant me, God,
only one wish, from the sea of wishes,
i would ask for only one tiny wish.
“give me just five minutes with him”.
one minute to tell him …
“i know he has to go.”
and a second minute to tell him…
“i will never accept his leave.”
and a third minute to say i am angry for him being chosen.
and a fourth minute that i love him so.
and a fifth minute to ask you,
please relinquish your choice and don’t take him away …
hila at memorial day ceremony, april 2007