Friday, 18 September 2020
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Program for Yom Hazikaron 2020 - Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism.


יוֹם הזִּכָּרוֹן לַחֲלָלֵי מַעֲרָכוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וּלְנִפְגְעֵי פְּעוּלוֹת הָאֵיבָה


Yom Hazikaron l'Chalalei Maarachot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Peulot Haeivah

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Image credit: WikiCommons - IDF soldiers participate in a memorial ceremony on the Israeli national Memorial Day, in honor of fallen soldiers and the victims of terror attacks. Each soldier stands before the grave of a fallen serviceman.
Since independence: 23,816 fallen soldiers
Since independence: 3,153 victims of terrorism
Yom HaZikaron 2020 in Israel commences on the evening of Monday, 27th April, 2020 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, 28th April, 2020.  In the shadow of the Coronavirus, it was announced on April 22nd, that all military cemeteries will be locked and entrance to the public will not be allowed. 
Families will be able to visit the graves of their loved ones and other memorial sites up until 4pm on Monday 27th, April. At 4:00pm cemeteries and memorial sites will be closed to the public until after Yom HaAtzmaut

-At 8:00pm on Monday night, Memorial Day will officially commence with the sounding of a one minute, countrywide siren.

-At 8:01pm - the official Memorial Day Ceremony from the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The ceremony will be televised and there will be no public participation.

-9:00pm from the Knesset - "Songs in Memory"


-11:00am countrywide siren and the observance of a two minute silence

-11:02am - Memorial candle lighting at 52 military cemeteries across the country (no public participation) as well as the State Memorial Service for the fallen soldiers at Mt. Herzl (no public participation)

-1:00pm - State Memorial Service for the victims of terror at Mt. Herzl (no public participation)

From Tuesday at 5:00pm the Yom HaAtzmaut curfew comes into effect until Wednesday at 8:00pm . Leaving the home is permissible only for the purpose of buying food and pharma and essential services.  Otherwise movement is restricted to 100m from your home. NO intercity travel is allowed.

What is Yom Hazikaron?

Yom Hazikaron is a special memorial day, in Israel, for fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism. It falls the day before Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day) and is marked as an official day of mourning in Israel.  It is a day to remember the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the country. Although it is an official working day, many public services and government offices are closed.  Private companies and shops may work half a day, thus giving everyone an opportunity to visit the graves, and mourn the loss of their loved ones. 

Official Memorial Day Ceremonies

In the Jewish calendar, the holidays; Sabbath and festivals commence at sunset and continue until sunset the following evening. Likewise on Memorial Day.

At 8pm on the eve of the 4th day of Iyar, a siren is sounded across Israel and the official memorial ceremony takes place at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.   A siren is sounded, the public stands and observes a one minute silence. Flags are lowered to half mast. Attending the ceremony; the President of Israel (incumbent Reuven Rivlin), the Mayor of Jerusalem, the IDF Chief of Staff, VIP's and bereaved families.  Attendance is by invitation only.

It is traditional to light a memorial flame, and members of Israeli society are honored and invited to light the flame. The ceremony is broadcast live on Israeli television channels.

All entertainment venues; restaurants, cinemas, pubs etc. are closed.

The next day - the 4th day of the Month of Iyar

At 11:00am the following day, a second siren is sounded across the country. The official state ceremony takes place at Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem.  The ceremony is attended by the Israeli Prime Minister (incumbent Binyamin Netanyahu), other cabinet ministers, the mayor of Jerusalem, and the bereaved families of our fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Many memorial services take place across the country as well as age appropriate activities at schools. School alumni, currently serving in the IDF, visit their alma mater.  The bereaved families visit the graves of their loved ones. 

From sadness to joy! As the sun sets on the 4th of Iyar and rolls into the eve of the 5th of Iyar, Independence Day celebrations commence.

We wish the bereaved families a long and healthy life, may the memories of their loved ones forever be blessed.

Joy to all Israel on her birthday!


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