Israel, marking annual Memorial Day, comes to a standstill

Israeli soldiers visit in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Israel marks the an

Israeli soldiers visit in Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Israel marks the an

A portrait of Israeli soldier Cpl. Sergey Rubinstein Pukyev placed on his grave at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Av

A portrait of Israeli soldier Cpl. Sergey Rubinstein Pukyev placed on his grave at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Av

Small items placed on the gravestone of Israeli police officer Anton Solimiko at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Aviv

Small items placed on the gravestone of Israeli police officer Anton Solimiko at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Aviv

Family members of Israeli soldier Soli Mizrahi repaint his gravestone at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Aviv, Israel

Family members of Israeli soldier Soli Mizrahi repaint his gravestone at Kiryat Shaul military cemetery on the eve of memorial Day in Tel Aviv, Israel

Israeli soldiers stand in formation as a siren sounds to mark the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers at the Western Wall, the holiest si

Israeli soldiers stand in formation as a siren sounds to mark the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers at the Western Wall, the holiest si

Israeli soldiers stand in formation as a siren sounds to mark the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers at the Western Wall, the holiest si

Israeli soldiers stand in formation as a siren sounds to mark the annual Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers at the Western Wall, the holiest si

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is marking its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

Sirens rang out across the country at 8 p.m., prompting Israelis to stop in their tracks and stand silently with heads bowed for a minute to remember the dead.

It is one of the most somber dates on Israel's calendar. Bereaved families visit cemeteries and attend remembrance ceremonies. Places of entertainment shut down and TV and radio stations air war stories and melancholic music.

The official ceremony to honor the dead is being held at Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday evening.

The memorial day continues into Wednesday, ending at sundown with a sharp break into jubilant festivities marking 70 years since Israel's establishment.