Memorial Day 2010 – Stamps from Israel

The letter card, cover and stamp - all of which are special and unique to Memorial Day - constitute the basis of a sensitive, original and extraordinary tradition that came into being following the War of Independence.

Since Memorial Day 1952, a long line of Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers of Defense have signed personal letters to bereaved families of the fallen and Israel's premier artists take part in designing the covers and stamps for this commemorative day. Thus, from year to year, an unprecedented tradition has formed which, over time, has become one of the most recognized and extraordinary ambassadors of Israel's commemorative culture.

(From: "Dear Families" published by the Ministry of Defense, on the occasion of Israel's 50th Anniversary)

The graphic design of the Memorial Day stamps has been expressed over the years symbolically and through monuments. The design of this stamp reflects the words of the song "HaReut" (Lyrics: Haim Gouri, Music: Alexander (Sasha) Argov 1948)

Oh, the camaraderie we bore without words,
was stubborn, grey and silent
From those nights of great fear
it remains with us, clear and bright.

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