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Israel Remembers the 23,169 Fallen Since 1860
By Gil Ronen
Between Memorial Day of 2013 and this Sunday, 57 soldiers and terror victims have joined the list of Israel’s fallen, as did 50 disabled IDF veterans who died as a result of their disability, and were recognized during the year as fallen soldiers.
The number of officially recognized bereaved families in Israel in 2014 is 17,038. They include 2,141 orphans and 4,966 widows whose loved ones fell in the service of the IDF and security establishment.
The Department for Families and Memorialization at the Defense Ministry, which is in charge of Memorial Day events, expected more than a million and a half people to be at the military cemeteries across the country on Memorial Day.
The one-minute siren sounded all over the country at 8:00 p.m. marked the beginning of Memorial Day. Immediately after the siren, the memory ceremonies began.
Arutz Sheva carried live video of the central official memorial ceremony, at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem.