Israel Marks Memorial Day and 24,000 Lives Lost

Georgia Gis, mother of Israeli soldier Yitzhak Gis, kisses his grave as Israeli soldiers stand nearby, ahead of the country's memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks. AP Photo.

Georgia Gis, mother of Israeli soldier Yitzhak Gis, kisses his grave as Israeli soldiers stand nearby, ahead of the country’s memorial day for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks. AP Photo.

05-04-2022 CBN News Jerusalem Emily Jones

JERUSALEM, Israel – On Wednesday, millions of Israelis stop to mark Memorial Day and the more than 24,000 lives lost to war and terrorism.

Israel will honor the fallen with a two-minute siren, visits to cemeteries and memorial services.

Israeli leaders began the observance of Memorial Day Tuesday night with a ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. President Isaac Herzog called on Israelis to unite and stop feeding political divisions.

“Our sons and daughters, who fell in defense of our state, fought together and fell together. They did not ask, nor did anyone ask them, who was right-wing and who was left-wing. Who was religious. Who was secular. Who was Jewish and who was not Jewish,” he said. ”In cemeteries, arguments fall silent.”

Israeli authorities say 56 soldiers died during service since last Memorial Day. Eighty-four veterans died from wounds they sustained during service.

“They won’t return but thanks to them, many returned. Thanks to them, tens of thousands of civilians were saved,” said Israel’s military chief of staff Aviv Kohavi.

Thirty-three people died in terror attacks over the last year, and four others died from injuries they sustained during the attacks.

The somber ceremonies and outpouring of grief will turn into celebration Wednesday night when Israelis mark the beginning of Independence Day.

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STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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