The AACI National Memorial Ceremony
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 17:00
Featured Speaker: Natan Sharansky, human rights activist and author
Greetings: US Ambassador David Friedman; Canadian Charge d’Affairs, Dr. Martin Larose
Free on the AACI Facebook page and the AACI YouTube channel
On the road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the vital pass of Shaar Hagai (View map) where fierce battles raged in 1948, stands a forest established by the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund.
The first trees were planted following the Six-Day War in 1967 to honor the memory of those olim from North America and members of their families who fell in Israel’s wars. The forest is a living memorial, an eternal link between the fallen fighters and the land they loved. The scope has since been expanded to include those who fell in the pre-State days, as well as in terrorist attacks, including tourists and temporary residents.
It serves as a site of remembrance and reflection for Israelis and visitors alike.
Since before the establishment of the State, more than 300 American and Canadians have fallen in Israel’s wars, defensive actions, and terrorist attacks. Their sacrifice has preserved the State of Israel for the Jewish people.
The annual AACI Memorial Ceremony honors the memory of North Americans, or their immediate family members, who have died while in service to the State of Israel or as victims of terror. The ceremony is held every fall at the AACI Memorial Site in the Rabin Forest near the Sha’ar HaGai junction. At the site stands a stone Memorial Wall on which are inscribed the names of more than 350 people, the earliest of which go back to the 1920’s.
This year’s ceremony will take place via zoom on Sunday, October 25, 2020 ז’ חשון תשפ”א at 17:00 Israel time (11 AM NY time; 8 AM California time).
Because of the coronavirus we will not meet, as usual, at the AACI Memorial Site. We invite you to join this very moving ceremony by registering below.
To our great sorrow, Captain Tamar Ariel ז”ל, an Air Force navigator, will be remembered and her name added to the Memorial Plaques.
Our featured speaker will be Natan Sharansky, human rights activist and author who, as a refusenik in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and 1980s, spent nine years in Soviet prisons. He has served as Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Housing and Construction, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Industry and Trade, and Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency. He is the recipient of the Israel Genesis Prize, the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Institute of the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP). The title of Mr. Sharansky’s talk will be: Every Jew is Responsible One for Another: Mutual Responsibility in the War for the Return to Zion.
We sincerely hope that you and your family will be able to join us on October 25.
Please register here:
AACI acknowledges the contributions of PNAI, Jewish Federation of Baltimore and Keren Milgot of the Association of Americans & Canadians in Israel – Jerusalem branch # 580015451 in support of the Memorial Ceremony.
Wishing you and your family a Shana Tovah,
Wendy Bar Yakov and Julian Landau Co-Chairs, National Memorial Committee