Remembrance Day For the Fallen of Israel´s Wars

On Yom Hazikaron, Remembrance Day, which begins Tuesday evening, May 10, the entire nation expresses eternal gratitude to its sons and daughters who gave their lives for the country's independence.

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Israel Independence Day is celebrated annually, according to the Hebrew calendar, on 5 Iyar, the anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. As this date falls this year on the Sabbath, Independence Day will be celebrated two days early, on Thursday, May 12. The day preceding this celebration is devoted to the memory of those who gave their lives for the achievement of the country's independence and its continued existence.

The traditional Yizkor prayer for Israel's fallen recited on Remembrance Day mentions not only IDF soldiers but also members of the pre-state liberation movements and underground fighters.

Number of soldiers and security
personnel who have fallen since the War of Independence
Total number fallen (including the pre-State period)
This number includes disabled IDF veterans who later died from their wounds and non-IDF personnel who fell in the line of duty.
Number of soldiers killed since Remembrance Day last year169
Number of Jews murdered in one day in Aushwitz during Summer, 1944 [Yad V'shem historians]12,000

Based on an ariticle which originally appeared on the website of Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.