-Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day
Tomorrow Israel will commemorate a Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Here is an excellent description of the day, more an observance than a celebration.
The Israeli Memorial Day is different in its character and mood from the American Memorial Day. For 24 hours (from sunset to sunset) all places of public entertainment (theaters, cinemas, nightclubs, pubs, etc.) are closed.
The most noticeable feature of the day is the sound of siren that is heard throughout the country twice, during which the entire nation observes a two-minutes “standstill” of all traffic and daily activities.
The first siren marks the beginning of Memorial Day at 8:00 P.M., and the second is at 11:00 A.M., before the public recitation of prayers in the military cemeteries.
All radio and television stations broadcast programs portraying the lives and heroic deeds of fallen soldiers. Most of the broadcasting time is devoted to Israeli songs that convey the mood of the day.
PRAY FOR GOD’S COMFORT TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN LIFE AND LIMB TO PROTECT ISRAEL.