Over the years, the Knesset, the seat of Israeli democracy, has promoted the core values of democracy and freedom of expression. Even when debates in the Knesset become heated and bitter, issues are resolved by majority decisions which are respected by all. Freedom of expression is a fundamental principle of the Knesset and this body consciously provides a platform where all members can express their opinions fully and equally.
Spring symbolizes blooming and renewal. In Jewish tradition, spring is also connected to the exodus from Egypt, the Jews’ liberation from slavery, as we celebrate Passover, which is also known in Hebrew as the Festival of Spring. There is an atmosphere of awakening, new clothes, new shoes. Winter is over and a new season is here. “Great joy, great joy, spring has arrived and Passover is here”, wrote children’s poet Levin Kipnis. .
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.
The graphic design of the Memorial Day stamps has been expressed over the years symbolically and through monuments, and in recent years, through commemorative songs as well.