Israel will come to a standstill on Sunday night to mark Yom Hazikaron, its national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,544 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,117 victims of terrorist attacks who have died in the last 150 years.
It is one of the most somber dates on the Israeli calendar. Places of entertainment shut down. Radio and TV stations air documentaries about the fallen soldiers and terror victims.
The figure of 23,544 fallen soldiers is counted from when Jews first began to settle outside of Jerusalem in the 1860’s, including 97 fallen IDF officers and soldiers who died in the past year. Read more at World Israel News.