The OneFamily organization held a memorial service Sunday night to commemorate the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terror.
“Our gathering is not a usual memorial day ceremony,” said Shalom Hirschfeld, whose brother, Yonadav was killed at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in 2008.
“In our homes and in OneFamily, not only today, our every day is a day of stories, memories and nostalgia for the ones who are no longer with us. Every day is a day of living in the shadow of memories.”
The State of Israel came to a standstill for a minute on Sunday evening and again for two minutes on Monday morning, as the country paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for the future of the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.
About 1.5 million Israelis – almost 1/5 of the country's citizens – are expected to visit Israel's cemeteries Monday, according to estimates released by the Israel Defense Forces.
OneFamily is a non-profit organization aimed at to rehabilitating, reintegrating and rebuilding the lives of Israel's thousands of victims of terror attacks.