Tuesday, May 10, 2005


"The song of life of those who fell 'was cut off in mid-course', but they fell so that the song of life of the people of Israel will never stop, and so that your song may also go on - the song of those they loved and cherished most - so that it will never end.

"I pray that this will be your comfort."

The main Remembrance Day memorial will take place Wednesday at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl and simultaneously at 43 military cemeteries around the country. A two-minute siren will sound at 11 a.m. A ceremony will also take place at the memorial for fallen Beduin soldiers at the Hamovil junction in the Galilee.

The prime minister is to speak at Mount Herzl. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz will speak at Tel Aviv's Kiryat Shaul.

Remembrance Day is to be marked officially by lighting memorial flames and placing wreaths on graves. The Defense Ministry has already placed a miniature flag on the graves of all the fallen soldiers in military cemeteries across the country. In addition, black memorial ribbons will also be placed on the graves.

This year is the second year that the Defense Ministry has provided a service to make it easier to locate the graves of the fallen. It not only provides the block and parcel of a fallen soldier's grave, but also gives a map of the best route to take from the gates of the military cemeteries.

The service is available on a special Web site sponsored by the Defense Ministry's Department for Commemorating Soldiers and programmed by a civilian firm.

The site can be reached at: www.izkor.gov.il/izkor80.htm. It is only in Hebrew and there are no plans to provide it in other languages for the moment, defense officials said.

The site requests a name, even partial, and it then provides the biography of the fallen, a photo and the circumstances of his death. Two maps are also available; one a general map of the military cemetery with the suggested route to the grave, the other of the block with the grave clearly marked.

Mourners who have difficulty walking but who want to visit graves at military cemeteries can call Yad Sarah for help. Its wheelchair-accessible vans will take the disabled at no cost to and from military cemeteries at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Kiryat Shaul in Tel Aviv, Segula in Petah Tikva and in Haifa, Netanya and Beersheba. The service has been arranged in cooperation with the Defense Ministry and Yad Lebanim. Call 1-700-501-800 in advance.

Judy Siegel contributed to this report.


Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

Thank you for your posts of Remembrance.

On my blog, I have been honoring those who died during the Holocaust for about 20 days now. We shall remember them, their struggles and pains always.

We should also, however, not forget the hatred that was part of Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Jews and others, such as the mentally ill, homosexuals, and gypsies either.

3:25 PM  
Blogger B.a.D said...

Barbara, a past IS just a past... ask Yochanan. He likes George W.

Did George W. Bush quit even after losing the popular vote? No.

Did he quit after losing millions of dollars of his father's money in failed oil companies? No.

Did he quit after knocking that girl up? No.

Did he quit after he got that DUI? No.

Did he quit after he got busted for drunk and disorderly conduct at a football game? No.

8:04 PM  
Blogger yochanan said...

b.a.d. = moonbat

i leave it up for the yuk's


6:11 AM  
Blogger yochanan said...

anti-semitic attacks are not only in the past they are all so in the present.

11:56 AM  
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