(Courtesy of Yashar Lachayal) As we approach Israel’s 70th Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), many are searching for ways to partake in the commemoration of the 23,550 who fell to ensure its freedom and security. Whether killed in one of the conflicts leading to independence, in one of Israel’s wars or in counter-terror operations, these men and women gave their lives for the state of Israel and the Jewish people. Their sacrifice is certainly worthy of our remembrance, but how can tribute be paid in a meaningful, special way?
To address this question, the Helping Israel Fund (based in Boca Raton, Florida) has begun a unique new campaign to remember each and every one of Israel’s fallen. By making a symbolic $18 donation to the Fund’s Bereaved Families Program, participants will receive a certificate with the name of a defender of Israel who fell during his or her service. Participants are asked to light a candle and say a prayer for the soldier on Israel’s Memorial Day, which begins at sundown of April 17, 2018 and ends the following evening.
Proceeds from the campaign will go towards the needs of Israel’s bereaved families. From providing financial support to those in need, to hosting family members for recreational activities to take their minds off of their emotional stress, to academic scholarships for orphans, the Bereaved Families Program fills a need that unfortunately will in all likelihood continue to exist for years to come.
However, it is an honor to support those who paid an unimaginably high price as the ones who were dearest to them fell in Israel’s defense. We will continue to assist them in any way possible, and we hope that those who hold Israel dear will be a part of this important project and help remember every single one of Israel’s fallen.
For more details and to join, please visit www.israelsfallen.com