Nation gears up for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 02, 2006 | 
On Monday evening, Israelis will mark the beginning of Memorial Day as they mourns the 22,123 soldiers who have fallen defending the Land of Israel as well those killed in terror attacks. This past year alone 138 soldiers were killed in the line of duty. Memorial Day officially begins at 8 p.m. at the Western Wall where Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz will lead a ceremony. On Tuesday, another memorial service will take place at Jerusalem’s Military Cemetery. The Defense Ministry has placed miniature flags and black ribbons on the graves of fallen soldiers throughout the country. A one-minute siren will sound Monday evening at 8 p.m. and a two-minute siren at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. On Monday afternoon, a ceremony was held in honor of the Victims of Terror held at Zion Square in Jerusalem.

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