(JNS) Memorial sirens sounded at 11 a.m. in Israel on Yom Hazikaron to honor the memories of 23,646 Israeli soldiers, police and security officers and 3,134 terror victims who have fallen since the beginning of Israel’s history.
The number is tallied since 1860, when the first Jewish neighborhood was erected outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.
A nationally televised commemoration ceremony broadcast began at 11:02 a.m. with a prayer for the dead by IDF Chief Rabbi Brigadier General Eyal Karim. In attendance were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and other top Israeli officials.
An additional official ceremony honoring the 3,134 who died in acts of terror was held at 1 p.m. at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.