Monday, April 15, 2013
A memorial wreath left at the Wall of Remembrance, Latrun, by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Tomorrow, Israel celebrates sixty-five years of independence... but that independence came at a steep price. Today is Yom ha-Zikaron, the Day of Remembrance - Memorial Day. It is a day to remember and honor the nearly 23,000 soldiers who gave their lives to defend the land since 1860, along with the nearly 4,000 civilian victims of terror attacks.
Considering Israel’s size, it is an especially sobering statistic, comparable to the loss of over a million Americans.
Part of the Wall of Remembrance at Latrun, this section honors those who gave their lives in the period between the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973).
May their memory endure as inspiration for deeds of charity and goodness in our lives. May their souls thus be bound up in the bond of life, and may they rest in peace.