Tens of thousands of people will arrive at military cemeteries across the country this monring to honor the memory of their loved ones in state ceremonies held to mark Memorial Day for fallen IDF soldiers and terror victims.
A two-minute siren will be sounded at 11 a.m., followed by the state memorial service at Har Herzl national cemetery in Yerushalayim. President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will be in attendance. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will attend a memorial ceremony held at the same time at the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul in Tel Aviv.
The Department of Families and Commemoration at the Defense Ministry said over a million and a half people were expected to arrive at the 52 military cemeteries and at the hundreds of military burial sites across the country for Memorial Day services.
Hundreds of buses and shuttles will await families to take them to military cemeteries, where bottles of water and flowers will be provided. Over 130 Magen David Adom ambulances will be stationed in the 52 military cemeteries, and some 650 paramedics will be on hand to provide medical assistance when needed.
The Department of Families and Commemoration is urging the general public to take precaution against the heat, drink a lot of water, and seek aide from the paramedics stationed at the cemeteries.