Yom Hazikaron is a Hebrew term which means “Day of Remembrance” or also known as the Israeli Memorial Day. Yom Hazikaron is an established national holiday of bereavement dedicated to the Fallen Soldiers of Israel in War since 1860, remembering them of their courage and bravery to give their lives in defense of the Nation of Israel.
Establishing The Official Memorial Day
During the first two years after the Proclamation of the independence of State of Israel in 1949-1950, there are memorial services held for the soldiers during the Israeli Independence Day but later proposed to have a separate tribute and observance for the soldiers since the Independence Day connotes a festive celebration. January of 1951 then, they established a memorial date for the fallen on the 4th of Iyyar the day before the Israeli Independence Day to mark its connection with each other.
In 1963, Yom Hazikaron was formally decreed by law through Israeli Knesset to become the official Memorial Day on the 4th Iyyar making it clear for all Israeli that there will be no State of Israel to celebrate without these soldiers who had sacrifices their lives for the nation. Yom Hazikaron occurs one week after the Holocaust Remebrance Day and more than two weeks after the Passover.