Last night marked the beginning of Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) in Israel, a day that unites its citizens in mourning for their fallen who sacrificed their lives for the existence of this country.
Memorial Day is marked every year according to the Hebrew calendar and is commemorated on Iyar 4, always one day before Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day). The placing of these days next to one another is intentional in order to symbolize and emphasize the connection between the lives sacrificed and the establishment of the State of Israel.
Israel’s loss has not been small. As of today, the number stands at 23,928 fallen soldiers and 4,176 victims of terror since the founding of the State of Israel. Many wars have taken place on this soil in just 73 years that produced suffering and painful losses but also the right to exist.
Like everything else, mourning and loss touch Messianic believers in the Land as well. We also remember today our sons, daughters, husbands, wives and friends.