Do you have a special memorial day at your country?
April 15, 2007 4:17am CST
Here in Israel we have a few memorial days. Today we have the holocaust memorial day, in which we go for a special gathering at the evening time and say a special prayer, for the six million people that have died in the camps during the second war two. We all wear white clothes, and after the prayer, we sing songs and read stories, that were written by the Jewish people that did not survive the holocaust. Usually the people who survived the holocaust are the ones that lit the memorial candle and say the prayer. It is a very important Day here in Israel, and the tv shows are showing all of the movies and the documents that are related to the holocaust. We know that we must not forget ever, what had happened there, and will always help the needed. What about you do you have a special memorial day at your country. Tell me about it.
16 Apr 07
You forgot to mention the TZFIRA - we stand for two minutes of silence in the memory of those who are not with us. I think it is a very powerful way to remember - a whole country just stops for two minutes to remember. I think tourists see that phenomenon and are very interested in knowing why everyone suddenly stopped - no matter what they did. For those who are not fammiliar with this - people stop their cars and stand outside even on the highways, mothers stop yelling at their children, commanders stop ordering the soldiers, merchants stop chatting with their clients - nothing moves, noone speaks - I think it is amazing.
16 Apr 07
I think you are right, it is amazing. I fotget to mention that, thank you for doing so. But somthing so strange happened to me in the zfira almost two hours ago. Ofcourse like everyone in this country, i got ready for the zfira, and looked for some nice place in nature that i can relate with and have my 2 minutes of grif. and then it all happend. the minute that the zfira started, i felt like in the second lebanon war. when in each sirena we started running to the shelters, i really felt very uncomfortable inside. I guess six month arn't that long time to overcome thhe last experiance of the war. ah?
15 Apr 07
Here in the UK we have Remembrance Day, November 11, when a lot of people wear manufactured poppies and lay wreaths at the war memorials. Remembrance Day here came about following the end of WW1 and the official time of remembrance is 11.00am on the 11th day of the 11th month. It was initially to remember the hundreds of thousands of men killed during the war, the poppies are to represent the real poppies in the killing fields of Flanders. Remembrance day now is a time to remember all our victims of war from whatever campaign from WW1 through to the latest campaign in the Gulf. The day is usually acknowledged by a two minute silence and church services and military parades including the laying of wreaths usually take place on the Sunday nearest to Nov 11. The money raised from the sale of poppies I believe goes to charities which look after the war wounded and their families.