President Shimon Peres addressed the ceremony emphasized the importance of peace in the face of the loss of 25,578 IDF soldiers who lost their lives in Israel’s wars.
“It is our duty not to spare any effort or price to eliminate war from the land and bring peace and security to it,” the president said. “Terror brings murder, peace brings life, to us and to our neighbors,” he added at the conclusion of a touching speech at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem that talked of the loss and pain experienced by bereaved families.
“You are the true heroes of life,” the president told the bereaved families.
He described the great immensity of their loss. “You will look at [your love one’s] friends, watch them grow up in front of your very eyes; finish their army service, get married, have children, develop a career, rise in rank. Your thoughts will wander to far off fantasy land: this is your daughter, this is your son, that will never be parents and will never rise in rank at work and will never grow old. Their faces will remain forever white as snow and the wrinkles will line your faces, but not theirs.”
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