Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yom HaZikaron

It's amazing, even when the entire country is completely silent, it still has a lot to say.

Last night was Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day. It commemorates and honors all the soldiers who fought for Israel and were killed as well as all the people who were victims to Arab terror.

There were a few thousand people at the memorial last night at the Ra'anana community center. It went from the chaotic noise of thousands of Israelis all pushing to the front to get the best spot, to utter silence as soon as the two minute siren started. It's really nice to see how serious people take this. The only sound in the entire crowd was a baby crying off in the distance.

The event started with a few speeches, and miscellaneous photos of soldiers. The rest of the night was split into three main sections. They started by naming and showing a picture of every person from Ra'anana that was killed in war between 1938 and 1967. It then showed everyone from 1968 to 1980, and then everyone between 1981 and 2006. It was very well done.

Only in a place like Israel does the entire community come out to commemorate the people who sacrificed their lives for their children and the future of the state. There is just something really special about being here, and I can't really put my finger on it yet.

First time period of people killed. I think it says 1946.
Second time period.
Rabbi speaking
Third time period.

Yartzeit candles along the wall.


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