Yom HaZikaron (Day of Remembrance for Fallen Soldiers & Victims of Terrorism)

Yom Hazikaron – Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism – is Israel’s official Memorial Day, enacted into law in 1963. While Yom Hazikaron has been traditionally dedicated to fallen soldiers, commemoration has now been extended to civilian victims of political violence, Palestinian political violence, and terrorism in general.

Scheduling Yom Hazikaron right before Yom Ha-Atzma’ut is intended to remind people of the price paid for independence and of what was achieved with the soldiers’ sacrifice.¬†This transition shows the importance of this day among Israelis, most of whom have served in the armed forces or have a connection with people who were killed during their military service.