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On Memorial Day, Israel Mourns, Reflects On Vets’ trauma

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Civilians and soldiers gather by graves of Israeli soldiers during a Memorial Day ceremony for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks, at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. On Israel Memorial Day, the most solemn day on Israel's national calendar, people stood at attention while a two-minute siren sounded around the country and held remembrance ceremonies at cemeteries. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(AP) — Israel has marked its national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and civilians killed in militant attacks, with people standing at attention while a two-minute siren sounded around the country.

Memorial Day, the most solemn day on Israel’s national calendar, was observed Wednesday with remembrance ceremonies at cemeteries. This year’s observances were marked by a national discussion about treatment for veterans suffering for psychological trauma, after a former Israeli soldier set himself on fire.

Itzik Saidian, 26, served in the Israeli military during the 2014 war against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip and took part in fierce fighting.

 

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