Israel's Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism 2012
(Communicated by the International Media Advisor, Ministry of Defense)
The total number of fallen security personnel from 1860 to 2012 stands at 22,993.
In the past year (since Remembrance Day 2011), 126 soldiers and security personnel fell while serving the state.
Today in Israel there are 10,524 bereaved families of security personnel, 2,396 orphans, and 4,992 widows of the IDF and the defense establishment.
The Bereaved Families and Commemoration Department of the Ministry of Defense estimates that over one million Israelis will be paying their respects at the military ceremonies across the countries.
Ceremonies and Events for Remembrance Day:
16:30 Opening Ceremony, attended by the Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset, and Israel's chief rabbis at Yad Labanim in Jerusalem.
20:00 A one minute siren will be heard across the country, marking the beginning of Israel's Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism. Immediately after the siren, the memorial services will begin.
Candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall, attended by the President and the IDF Chief of Staff.
20:30 'Singing in Remembrance' event at the Knesset, attended by the Minister of Defense, Speaker of the Knesset, the Welfare and Social Services Minister, and the IDF Deputy Chief of Staff.
11:00 A two minute siren will be heard. Immediately after the siren, the day's official memorial ceremonies will commence across the country. Official memorial ceremony on Mt. Herzl for Israel's fallen, attended by the President, the Prime Minister, and the IDF Chief of Staff. Memorial ceremony for Israel's fallen at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul, attended by the Minister of Defense.
13:00 Official memorial ceremony for victims of terror, attended by the President, the Prime Minister, and Welfare and Social Services Minister, and the IDF Chief of Staff.
20:00 Torch lighting ceremony and transfer of the main flags at Mt. Herzl, attended by the President, the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Knesset.