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Voice of America 28 Apr 2020

Israel Honors the Fallen on Memorial Day; Cemeteries Closed Due to Coronavirus


Israel came to a standstill for a minute on Tuesday, April 28, to mark the country's Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of attacks.

Typically, bereaved families visit cemeteries and attend memorial ceremonies.

However this year due to the coronavirus Israel ordered military cemeteries to close and ceremonies are expected to be held without attendees.

Motorists pulled over to the sides of highways and pedestrians stopped in their tracks.

At the end of the siren three fighter jets flew over Mt. Herzl, the military cemetery where an annual ceremony is held.

This year the ceremony was held in the presence of several dozen officials and soldiers.

Israel has fought half-a-dozen wars and endured dozens of deadly militant attacks since its founding in 1948.

The country honors 23,816 fallen soldiers and more than 3,100 people killed in attacks.


During his daily coronavirus briefing, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the CDC guidelines will allow gatherings for Memorial Day with 10 people or less.
On Memorial Day we honor the fallen heroes who fought for our freedoms. This Memorial Day we also salute the men and women in uniform and the first responders working together on the frontlines to fight COVID-19.
As the country remembers all the lives lost during times of war, the Poppy Wall of Honor becomes available online for the first time. Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral and USAA senior vice president John Bird joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero to explain the history of Memorial Day and how Americans can use the digital wall to learn more.
The president on Tuesday mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask outdoors on Memorial Day. Biden responded in an interview by calling Trump 'a fool' and stressing recommendations from doctors on wearing masks in public. Aired on 05/27/2020.

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