Tonight is the beginning of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day for all the 22,867 soldiers who fell creating and defending the State of Israel, and for the 2,443 civilians murdered in terrorist attacks.
As the siren sounds tonight at 20:00 and tomorrow morning at 11:00 a grateful nation will remember the friends we have lost, the lives snuffed out, the potential lost and the new lives that will not be created.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the breaved families and to the many tens of thousands injured in both body and mind during the many wars and terror attacks our young country has suffered.
Fourteen years ago Gidon Posner, a highschool classmate, joined the list of the fallen when the helicopter he was aboard collided with another en route to active duty in Lebanon in what is the worst military accident in Israeli history. He was amongst the 73 soldiers and airmen who perished.
I post this news clip in his memory so that others might know even a fraction of the special person he was and the wonderful potential the Jewish people lost with his death. May his memory be blessed.
(video is in a mixture of Hebrew and English)