On Tuesday, the eve of the Day of Remembrance for the Fallen Soldiers of Israel and Victims of Terrorism, the Knesset will hold the ”Songs in Their Memory” event in the presence of hundreds of members of bereaved families. President Reven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in attendance, as will Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Defense Minister Moshe Ya`alon, Welfare Minister Haim Katz, Deputy IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Golan and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, who will recite poems.
The ceremony will also feature performances by Shiri Meimon, Ninet Tayeb, Harel Skaat, Idan Haviv, Chief IDF Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Uziya Tzadok and military bands.
The event, which is the main national event on the eve of the Day of Remembrance, is a joint initiative of the Knesset, Ministry of Defense`s Families and Commemoration Department and the National Insurance Institute`s Division for Terror Victims.
During the event, the stories of the following fallen soldiers and terror victims will be told: Yair Engel and Matan Polivoda, the Shayetet 13 soldiers who were killed in a diving accident; Ben Vanunu, who was killed in Operation Protective Edge; Abie Moses, who lost his wife and son and suffered severe burns during a terror attack near Alfei Menashe; Lt. Col. Daniel Shipenbauer, the pilot who was awarded a citation (”Tzalash”) for an operation in August 2006 and was killed in the helicopter crash in Romania; Dafna Meir, who was stabbed to death in front of her teenage daughter inside their home in Otniel; and Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen, who was murdered during a terror attack at Damascus Gate outside of Jerusalem`s Old City after preventing the death of a fellow officer.
The event will be broadcast live beginning at 9:15 pm on the Knesset website, Channel 1 (”The First Channel) , Channel 20 and the Knesset Channel (99).