When Israel prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the declaration of the State of Israel, its people first pause to remember those who gave their lives to make independence possible. Nobody in Israel can celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut – Independence Day – without first observing Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror.
More than 23,000 soldiers have fallen in defense of the country, and more than 3,000 have died in terror attacks. Yom Hazikaron is an intensely personal day for Israel. Everyone, it seems, knows someone who has died in battle, and nearly one in five citizens is expected to visit a military cemetery to mark the day.
We share the eulogy delivered by the acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman at the funeral of his son Uri, who was killed on the front lines in the final days of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
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