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BY THE NUMBERS: Yom Hazikaron

Israel Memorial Day

Before Israel celebrates the nation’s 65th birthday on April 16, the Jewish state will pay tribute to those who fell in battles and terror attacks that continue to claim lives even today. Officially known as Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron takes place the day before Yom Ha’atzmaut. A piercing siren brings the country to a complete standstill at 8 p.m., on April 14 then again at 11 a.m. the next morning for two minutes of silent remembrance. In Israel, there is hardly a family that is not counted among the bereaved.

23,006 soldiers and civilians have died in Israel’s 65 years of statehood

10,550 Israeli families have been left bereaved by their loss

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