(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli Defense Ministry Thursday unveiled the newly constructed national Hall of Remembrance for fallen soldiers on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. The hall will be inaugurated Sunday night for Israel’s Memorial Day.
The new hall is made up of a mountain of stones, reaching a height of 60 feet. More than 23,000 bricks comprise the walls, each with the engraved name of a fallen soldier, the date the soldier was killed and a candle to be lit on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.
The hall will also include a bell of light made of more than 6,000 steel bricks that were designed and manufactured by the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Merkava Tank Administration.
Construction of the memorial began in January 2015 and has cost $25 million.
“The Hall of Remembrance will allow for a personal and collective experience of commemoration and is an expression of the country’s moral obligation to remember every single one of its fallen,” the Defense Ministry said. “It is the only structure in the country that physically commemorates all of Israel’s fallen, from all of its wars, on its very walls.”