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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
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 "Mi Shechalam" (He Who Dreamt).
Lyrics: Didi Menusi, Music: Yochanan Zarai.
A thousand flowers shall yet flower
in and between the fields
And shall bear witness
that we have remembered them all.
© All rights reserved by the songwriter and by A.K.U.M.

Issue: April 2012
Design: Igal Gabay
Stamp Size: 30 mm x 40 mm
Plate nos: 871 (one phosphor bar)
Sheet of 15 stamps, Tabs: 5
Printers: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands
Method of printing: Offset

The Israel Philatelic Service - Tel: 972-76-8873933
12 Sderot Yerushalayim, Tel-Aviv-Yafo 68021 * e-mail:

Thanks to: Juan Franco Crespo, Spain



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