Yom HaZikaron Starts (Israel)

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AKA NameYom Hazikaron l'Chalalei Ma'arachot Yisrael ul'Nifge'ei Pe'ulot Ha'eivah, Israel's Memorial Day, Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism
Hashtags#YomHaZikaron
Related Hashtags#Israel, #IDF, #Jerusalem
2022 DateMay 4, 2022
2023 DateApril 25, 2023
Yom HaZikaron Starts (Israel)

Yom HaZikaron Starts (Israel) History

Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) seeks to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the State of Israel. This day serves as a national day of mourning. It honors those soldiers who fought in the War of Independence as well as subsequent battles. On the preceding day, a one-minute siren is sounded in the evening. The following morning, a two-minute siren is sounded before a national memorial ceremony is held.

Yom HaZikaron was established in 1963 by the Israelian parliament. It is observed annually near the 4th of lyar.

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Yom HaZikaron Starts (Israel) Facts

  • The theme for Yom HaZikaron in 2021 was In Their Footsteps.
  • Yom HaZikaron begins with an official ceremony at the Western Wall, as the flag of Israel is lowered to half staff. Places of entertainment are closed for the day by law. Radio and television stations play programs about Israel's wars and show programming that conveys the somber mood of the day.
  • Israel’s national memorial flower is the Dam Hamaccabim flower (Hebrew: דם המכבים, Blood of the Maccabees)

Yom HaZikaron Starts (Israel) Top Events and Things to Do

  • Wear a special Yizkor sticker if you have lost a loved one. These stickers are meant to honor and remember those soldiers killed in war.
  • Attend a public memorial. Many are held throughout Israel including one at the military cemetery on Mount Herzl.
  • Watch a short film for Yom HaZikaron. Here are our suggestions:
    A Bravery Fiercer than Death: The 35 Heroes of Gush Etzion (2013)
    Echoes of a Shofar (2012)
    The Volunteers: Answering the Call of History (2011)

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