56 soldiers and civilians added to list of Israel’s fallen since last Memorial Day

Fifty-six soldiers and civilians were killed during service or as a result of terrorism since Israel’s last Memorial Day, according to figures released by the Defense Ministry on Friday.

Another 84 disabled veterans died due to complications from injuries sustained during their service.

The numbers brought the total to 24,068 of those who’ve died during service to the country or as a result of terrorist actions since 1860.

The annual figures include all soldiers and police who died during their service over the past year, including as a result of accidents, illness or suicide.

A string of terror attacks in Israeli cities over the span of a few weeks in late March and early April left 11 civilians and three police officers dead, the deadliest period since 2006.

Israel’s Memorial Day will commence next Tuesday evening when a one-minute siren will blare across the country. On Wednesday morning, a two-minute siren will sound ahead of national memorial ceremonies at Israel’s 52 military cemeteries.

View of the National Hall of Remembrance at Mount Herzl, Jerusalem, on October 10, 2019. (Flash90)

Memorial Day is one of Israel’s few national, non-religious holidays, during which large swaths of the Israeli public typically visit the graves of loved ones and comrades.

In 2020, during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Memorial Day ceremonies took place without audiences, and smaller events planned for municipal cemeteries across the country were canceled outright for fear of coronavirus outbreaks. Last year, there were still some outdoor virus-related restrictions in place, but this year they have been lifted entirely.

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