Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Memorial Day when all the men and women who gave their lives for the Jewish state are recognized and remembered.
Given the place that Israel has in most Jew’s hearts, this day is as solemn as they come. The day is reserved for memorials of the brave men and women who fought for Israel to be the haven it is for Jews the world over, as well as the beacon of light and science it is to the rest of the world.
The day is always commemorated the day before Israel’s Day of Independence and is famous for the entirety of Israel practicing a collective moment of silence at 11 am. As that moment of stillness settles on a country that is usually humming with noise and activity, an entire nation in unison memorializes its fallen soldiers—and is probably the only thing all Israelis can fully agree on.