Israel readying to mark Memorial Day, set to begin Sunday evening

A woman mourns at the grave of a solider killed during the war, Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, on May 10, 2024 (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
A woman mourns at the grave of a solider killed during the war, Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, on May 10, 2024 (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Israel is readying to mark Memorial Day for the first time since the October 7 onslaught and the ensuing war.

The national day of remembrance is set to begin this evening with a siren at 8:00 p.m.

A second siren will sound Monday morning at 11 a.m.

Ceremonies will be held at cemeteries, community centers and schools across the country.

One thousand five hundred and ninety-four soldiers and civilians were killed in combat or by terror since Israel’s last Memorial Day, according to figures released by authorities on Thursday, marking the deadliest year for the country’s security forces and civilians in five decades.

Since then, five more soldiers have been killed in combat.

The vast majority of the deaths came amid the terror onslaught and during Israel’s ongoing ground offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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