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Israel Defense Forces holds ceremony for 1,417 murdered police officers

By Mason White 2:52 PM May 1, 2014
Flag for the Fallen ceremony 

By: Aryeh Savir
The Israeli Defense Forces held a ceremony remembering the 1,417 murdered police officers, who were killed throughout the history of the State of Israel, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

Israel will mark Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism, on this coming Monday, a day prior to Israel’s Independence Day celebrations.

The IDF has already commenced with its Yom Hazikaron ceremonies, holding the “Flag for the Fallen” ceremony in which a small Israeli flag with a black ribbon is placed on the grave of every fallen member of the security forces. The ceremony was attended by IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, and leading members of the security forces.

During the ceremony at the Har Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem, small flags were placed on the graves and Lieutenant General Benny Gantz saluted the fallen.

“Each of the tombstones here are identical, and the ground covering them is the same earth – the earth of the Land of Israel, which they loved, but each soldier buried here is a unique hue in Israel’s society. The spectrum of these colors is the image of the Israel Defense Forces – the nation’s army, the army in which those who serve in it come together from all segments of society for one mutual objective – securing the safety of the State of Israel,” Lieutenant General Benny Gantz said.

“We come to this sacred plot once a year to embrace our loved ones, who are no longer with us. There are 1,417 police officers buried here who died, leaving behind them grief stricken families and children who never had a chance to know them. Their faces and names represent all segments of Israeli society. As the Chief of Police, I view it a great honor to place a flag on the tomb of the last fallen police officer buried here. I hope and pray that the list does not become longer,” Chief of Police Yochanan Danino stated.

Police Commissioner Danino placed a flag on the tomb of Commander Baruch Mizrahi, who was murdered by a Muslim terrorist on Passover eve this year.

“With tearing eyes, with an aching heart and with a sense of sanctity we stand here on this holy mount, Har Herzl, to fulfill our obligation and to remember everyone. We stand before the gravestones of the silent to salute – to salute the fallen soldiers of the IDF for their giving of their lives so that we can have a country,” Deputy Director-General and Head of the Commemoration Department in the Ministry of Defense Aryeh Mualem said.