On the eve of Memorial Day – or Yom Hazikaron, the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism – the number of Israelis killed in the line of duty stands at 23,169. In the passing year, 57 members of the security forces and 50 IDF veterans joined the list of the fallen.
The tally includes IDF soldiers and members of pre-state militias from 1860 and up until 2014. Memorial Day events will begin on Sunday evening with a one-minute nationwide siren and end Monday evening, ushering in Israel’s 66th Independence Day.
Among those who fell while on active duty in 2014 were Petty Officer 1st Class Shlomi Cohen who was killed by Hezbollah operatives near the border with Lebanon, Staff Sergeant Gal Kobi who was shot to death by a Palestinian near Hebron, Private Eden Atias who was violently murdered in Afula and Sergeant Tomer Hazan who was murdered by a Palestinian co-worker who enticed him to come with him to Judea & Samaria. Also among this year’s fallen is Captain Tal Nachman, who was killed by friendly fire near the Gaza Strip.