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30 April 2017

Yom Hazikaron ~ Memorial Day ~ יוֹם הַזִּכָּרוֹן

This is a symbol of the eternal flame which is associated with Yom Hazikaron.

At sunset on the 30th April Yom Hazikaron will begin and Israeli flags will be flown at half-mast.  Memorial Day is Israel's official Remembrance Day when people will remember fallen soldiers as well as victims of terrorism.  The day opens with a siren the preceding evening at 20:00 (8:00 pm), given that in the Hebrew calendar system, a day begins at sunset. The siren is heard all over the country and lasts for one minute, during which Israelis stop everything (including driving, which stops highways) and stand in silence, commemorating the fallen and showing respect.

 A two-minute siren is sounded at 11:00 the following morning, which marks the opening of the official memorial ceremonies and private remembrance gatherings at each cemetery where soldiers are buried.  Many Israelis visit the resting places of loved ones throughout the day. The day officially draws to a close at sundown (between 19:00 and 20:00; 7–8 p.m.) in a ceremony at the national military cemetery on Mount Herzl, marking the start of Israel Independence Day, when the flag of Israel is returned to full staff.
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