Yizkor – Remember.
Many small towns around Israel hold a community tekes, ceremony,
making it is easy to decide where to go on Yom Hazikaron,
the Remembrance Day for Israeli Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror.
One of the most impressive ceremonies I attended was in Arad,
in 2001, during the intifada.
Unlike the US Memorial Day weekend,
this day is not one of great shopping and happy start to the summer.
Israeli flags, large and small, start to appear soon after Passover.
In Jerusalem, Israel, there are dozens,
perhaps hundreds of memorial events held on Yom HaZikaron.
Last year I went to the main military tekes at the Kotel, Western Wall
where the huge flame was lit and watched over by a military honor guard.
Every year thousands attend and watch on TV.
Here was President Peres’s motorcade on Jaffa Street
on his way to speak at this year’s tekes.
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at a service at Yad LeBanim,
so the site was covered over for security for days in advance.
The Jewish Agency Building stage was ready for a morning program.
Large memorial flames could be found in and on buildings,
as were signs publizing some community events.
This Israeli flag, memorial candle and talit were the simple,
but meaningful display in the lobby of Heichel Shlomo.
So many choices;
but I wanted to see what was happening in Gan Sacher.
Other than an occasional jogger, the park was deserted.
While down the road, as usual,
hundreds attended the well planned program prepared by the Scouts.
Speakers slowly read the names of local fallen and the dates they fell.
25,578 people have been killed here since 1860.
92 lives were lost last year.
Everyone knows someone to mourn.
so many wars, so many more terror attacks,
but as soon as the sun sets,
it will be time to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut,
Israel at 65.
Am Yisrael Chai
Wednesday was Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day
for those killed in war and by terror attacks.
It was observed in many ways. Some do not observe it at all.
I was at two major traffic locations when the memorial sirens sounded.
At night on Derech Hevron, Hebron Road, near the walls of the Old City,
cars kept moving and a large truck tried to pass against traffic.
On the Begin Highway some drivers got out of their cars before the
11:00am siren and stood silently, but as the siren began I was very surprised
to see many cars zooming around the stopped vehicles.
I decided not to show those disappointing video scenes,
but rather to share a few more positive photos.
The official government ceremony was held at the Kotel,
the Western Wall, on Tuesday night,
where an honor guard stood by the memorial flame.
The food court of the Rova, the Jewish Quarter of the Old City was closed.
Many parts of the Old City were dark and quiet.
At The Sultan’s Pool, a huge stage was built and thousands gathered
for a musical presentation sponsored by the Jerusalem Municipality.
There were hundreds of young people,
but you could hear a pin drop during the siren and no one moved.
All over Jerusalem the next day,
fresh flowers could be found at memorial locations,
marking the memory of dear ones lost.
The Begin Highway looked like a parking lot,
as many people drove to the Har Herzl Military cemetery
to attend the official ceremony and to visit graves.
This speed sign showed that no one was driving too fast.
Red memorial flames were displayed, while Israeli flags flew at half-mast.
This year there seemed to be many more
flags than usual.
I found a flag flying on top of this phone booth…
yes, there are still are a few phone booths.
Israeli flags were displayed with pride this year.
I watched the young children at one memorial event
and thought of all the lives lost.
Are there really any Israelis who do not want peace
in the future for their children?