The opening of the Knesset`s winter session will mark 40 years since the Yom Kippur War. The day will include visits from soldiers, students, and orphans of the war. There will be a special Plenum meeting, with speeches by the Speaker of the Knesset, the Prime Minister, Head of the Opposition, and MKs Amram Mitzna and Zahava Gal-On. The visiting groups will partake in a special tour of the Knesset, highlighting the Knesset’s duties during wars in general, and during the Yom Kippur War specifically.

While visiting the Knesset Committees, for example, the emphasis will be placed on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and its action during crises. Another station in the tour will be in the Chagall Lobby where the medals of bravery for heroes of the Yom Kippur War were accepted. The tour will also visit the fallen-soldiers memorial in the courtyard.

In addition, the visitors will have personal meetings with past and present MKs who served in the Yom Kippur War. They will hear of their experiences and of how the war shaped their future and outlooks on life. Many of the visitors will be soldiers who were wounded or taken captive during the war, commanders, soldiers who received medals of bravery, widows and orphans of the war.

The visitors will watch the one-man show “Exodus from Egypt” in the Knesset auditorium. In the play, a daughter of a lost soldier describes what she went through. During the Toronto Theater festival, the judges praised the show’s actress Osnat Zivil: “Her acting exposes the viewers to the world of a girl/woman who holds within her, even as she matures, an eternal loss. This is an authentic story about a girl waiting for her father who did not return from the Yom Kippur war. Zivil shows powerful emotions that send us back to the trauma the Israeli people went through during the war and afterwards. Her touching performance makes her story personal for the whole audience.”

The Knesset will also open a display of one hundred pictures from soldiers’ albums that as of yet, has not been shown to the public.

The day marking forty years since the Yom Kippur War will be held on October 15 from the morning until the afternoon.