Yom HaZikaron, Day of Remembrance, is the day set aside to commemorate those who have died fighting for the State of Israel. Yom HaZikaron falls on the fourth day of the month of Iyyar, the day before Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel Independence Day. In Israel, sirens sound several times during this solemn day of mourning, and Israelis stop everything they are doing to pause for a moment of silent remembrance.
American Jewish communities observe Yom HaZikaron with ceremonies honoring Israel’s fallen soldiers. Humanistic Jews may join in these ceremonies.