Israel Adds 56 Names to List of Fallen Soldiers Over the Past Year

A total of 24,068 people have died in service since the year 1860, including members of several pre-state underground militias, Israel's military and police

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Ahead of Memorial Day, Israeli soldiers place flags on fallen soldiers' graves, on Monday.
Ahead of Memorial Day, Israeli soldiers place flags on fallen soldiers' graves, on Monday.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Fifty-six names have been added to Israel's list of those who have fallen in war over the past year, since last Memorial Day, Israel's Defense Ministry said on Friday.

An additional 84 wounded veterans died as a result of their injuries or disabilities sustained during military service, bringing the total number of people who have died in service since 1860 to 24,068.

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The list includes members of various pre-state underground militias, the Jewish Legion, which served in World War I and the Jewish Brigade, which fought in World War II, as well as members of the Israel Defense Forces, the Shin Bet security service, the Mossad, the Israel Police and the Israel Prison Service.

On Tuesday evening next week, the Memorial Day Eve ceremony will begin at the Western Wall in Jerusalem with a one-minute siren nationwide. A two-minute siren will sound at 11 A.M. on Wednesday, followed immediately by the main memorial ceremony at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl.

The ceremony will be attended by President Isaac Herzog, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Knesset speaker Mickey Levy.

An online ceremony filmed on Mount Herzl for Israeli communities abroad will also be held and broadcast on the Defense Ministry’s YouTube channel. The event will be translated into English, Spanish, French and Russian.

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