Yom Hazikaron – Israel Memorial Day – 2013

Yom Hazikaron (יום הזיכרון) is Israel’s memorial day, meant to remember those who died defending the country as well as victims of terror. It is commemorated via memorial ceremonies throughout the country. On the evening of memorial Day, most shops are closed and at 8 pm, a one-minute siren is sounded. The video below shows the scene at the entrance of Machaneh Yehudah, Jerusalem’s Central Market:

Many people spend the evening at home watching relevant movies. All the radio stations play sad songs as well. The next morning at 11 am, a two-minute siren is sounded and the scene repeats itself, except in daylight. This time I went to Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. The video attached to this post shows that scene.

The sun is beginning to set here in Israel. Soon the streets will be crowded with people celebrating Israel Independence Day – we will be celebrating our country but we will always be mindful of the sacrifices made by so many – over 25,000 dead – that made our celebrations possible.

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