Sunday, April 26, 2009

22,570

This is the number of sacrifices our people have given so that we can have our own state.

IDF First Sergeant, Dvir Emanualuf from Givat Ze'ev, near Jerusalem, the first soldier to die defending his country and protecting his people during the recent Operation Cast Lead.


















Yom HaZikaron, Israel's Memorial Day began this evening. Take a moment to think about all of the soldiers and citizens who have given the ultimate, and their families who remain behind.

For them, Yom HaZikaron is everyday.



**This is an update of what I posted last year on Yom HaZikaron. Since that time Israel has been forced into a full-scale war with Hamas in Gaza and has lost an additional 133 soldiers and citizens in that war, and in numerous terrorist attacks.

5 comments:

OneTiredEma said...

Is there still a movement to separate Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut? The sacrifices touch so many families now and surely affects their will to celebrate the following day...

Hope your days this week are full and meaningful.

ilanadavita said...

Thanks for the concrete reminder.

Leora said...

A very touching post, Baila.

Baila said...

OTE,
I've never heard that of such a movement. The two days together are symbolic of of our state: mourning and joy intertwined into the fabric of our daily lives. They are together because you can't have one without the other.

Thanks, ID and Leora.

OneTiredEma said...

My SIL explained that friends of hers had had brothers killed in action and it kind of ruined Yom Haatzmaut for them for years and years. And now that Yom Hazikaron is also for people who were killed in terrorist attacks it affects so many more.