President Shimon Peres joined 40 children of Israel Defense Forces personnel who fell while in uniform to mark their reaching the age of mitzvot (responsibility for observing Jewish law). At the beginning of the meeting, held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, the children told the president their stories and the significance of marking the occasion in the absence of the fallen parent. Peres responded by recalling the Yom Kippur War and the battle legacy of those who fought and fell during the war.
Blessing the children, the president said, "You are dear sons and daughters of parents who are dear to us all. I know it hurts to grow up without a father and without a mother, but you have someone to be proud of. Be proud of the memory of your parents who died for their country - in their merit our country succeeded. Carry their memories proudly. You will grow up with your parents' legacy before your eyes. Their legacy will always be an example in the history of our people. That is the privilege of being born to such a parent and carry his [or her] memory."