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Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Chief of the General Staff, Memorial Day Message

In these moments we stand together, bowing our heads in awe, remembering our common and unifying destiny - the common destiny for which our brothers and sisters, the fallen soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces throughout the generations, have despaired.

In their lives, the fallen acted for the same purpose - ensuring the security of the state and its inhabitants. From the moment they were drafted into the ranks of the IDF, they devoted their full energies to fulfilling their duty to their people, and in their death the fallen left us a legacy and a will: to be a protector of the people and hold the sword for his freedom in his country.

The legacy of the fallen forces us to adhere to the values ​​they adopted in their lives: a path of heroism and courage; A way of responsibility and dedication; A path of mission and belief in our righteousness, the righteousness of the way. The values ​​that struck the heart of the fallen are the secret of the strength of the Israel Defense Forces today. The spirit of the IDF is the common language of our ministry.

The will of the fallen forces us to act in constant partnership and to be evil to one another - as stated in Isaiah's vision: "Help each other and his brothers will say: Strong!" - and to combine our forces with the recognition that our goal is one: we all wear uniforms, we all hold arms - and work together for the security of the state.

Sixty-nine years have passed since the State of Israel, and the road is not over. In the past year, too, we have faced the terror that sought to harm the Israeli home front, and against which our soldiers and commanders acted with determination and ensured the security and sense of security of the citizens and residents of the state.

In the face of any enemy that seeks to harm Israel's security, the IDF commander and his soldiers stand ready to defend and win, and only if we strive to improve our preparedness and readiness for the day of command will we act with a multi-pronged combination. The purpose of the IDF.

Commanders and soldiers,

In their deaths, the fallen gave us another order - to stand with their families and accompany them in the journey of life after the loss, a journey that began on the day the candle of their life was extinguished. It is our duty, throughout the year, to continue to support them and to send a brotherly embrace to ease the pain as much as possible. Today we will also remember the missing IDF soldiers and the fallen soldiers whose burial place is unknown and pray that the children will return to their borders.

Tomorrow, when the flags of the State are raised to the top of the flag in honor of Israel's 59th Independence Day, we will remember the challenges and victories that the IDF has recorded throughout its years, recalling the struggle that began in the War of Independence. Our brothers are souls.

 May the memory of the fallen be blessed!
 
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot
Chief of the General Staff
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