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May 06, 2003

Remembering Democracy's Guardians

Today being Israel's memorial day for the fallen soldeirs and the victims of terrorism, I find it appropriate to post the speech of Moshe Ya'alon, Cheif of the IDF General Staff in its entirety. Not out of respect for him, but for the emotions conveyed by his speechwriters at the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, of which I am a proud Alumnus.

Order of the Day of the IDF Chief of Staff, Lieut. Gen. Moshe Ya'alon, for Remembrance Day

IDF Spokesperson 6 May 2003

Soldiers and officers of the Israel Defense Forces,

On Remembrance Day for Israel's fallen, the entire nation embraces in silence and pain, the meaning of its sons and daughters, soldiers of the IDF, who fell in the ongoing campaign for the existence of the State of Israel.

We remember all those who have fallen: their faces, their smile, always young, their activities and circumstances of their death. Their absence is ever present: among families whose longing and pain time cannot cure, among the units and soldiers at the IDF-who hurt the memory of our friends and comrades who fell, among the entire Israeli society where the loss of the best of its sons and daughters is evident in all walks of life and activity.

Even after fifty-five years of independence, our struggle for our basic right to live in peace and security has not ended. This year, these very days, the IDF, its units and soldiers, are still engaged in difficult, complex, and fateful fighting for our survival in this country and the region.

The memory of our friends who fell and their works are beacons for all of us. The Israel Defense Forces, its units and soldiers, will continue relentlessly to operate to assure the life, security and peace for the citizens of Israel and for the State of Israel, as long as required in the fighting that is totally justified.

On Remembrance Day, the IDF inclines its flags in love and pain, salutes the memory of our friends who fell, embraces the bereaved families and carries a prayer that the family of the bereaved will not grow. May the memory of the fallen be blessed.

May their memories be blessed, and may we see and end to this seemingly eternal war.