Bereaved families petition for break between Memorial and Independence days

09.05.2011                      05.Ijar, 5771                      Gedenktag; Tag 20 des Omer; Ta'anit BH"B

Petition:

Bereaved families petition for break between Memorial and Independence days

On their way home from cemeteries and memorial ceremonies, the bereaved encounter roads closed due to preparations for Independence Day, says petition, adding that these families cannot make the quick switch from mourning to celebration.

Families who have lost loved ones in defense of the country are lobbying to change the calendar so Memorial Day does not fall the day before Independence Day. The effort has been gaining support.
About 5,000 signatures, many from members of bereaved families, have been collected so far on a petition calling for the change, which would require Knesset legislation. Memorial Day began yesterday evening and ends this evening, when the country begins 24 hours of celebrations for Independence Day….