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Israel celebrates Memorial Day after the October 7 attack

TEL AVIV – Israelis gathered Monday at military cemeteries and memorials across the country, laying wreaths, lighting memorial candles and collectively remembering the lives lost and changed since October 7, the deadliest attack in Israeli history.

In a country where a draft is mandatory for almost all 18-year-olds, Memorial Day is a sacred national holiday. It comes a week after Remembrance Day, when Israel commemorates the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust, and is followed at sunset by Independence Day, which is usually filled with street festivities and fireworks.