More than 23,000 men and women have perished defending Israel since 1860. While there are many sites dedicated to the fallen, there is no single memorial in Israel that commemorates them all. The National Memorial Hall on Mount Herzl – Israel’s national cemetery – will soon change that.
The plan by Kimmel Eshkolot Architects features an 18-meter torch-like structure that opens to an unencumbered sky. The flowing, multi-storied design emerges from the ground and softly sweeps back into the earth.
The bricks that make up the structure are being created through the same process that is used to produce Merkava tank armor. Each brick will feature the name of the deceased as well as a date of death.
When the structure is completed, a daily memorial service and a candle lighting ceremony will be held for all of the deceased who fell that day. Photos of the fallen will be projected onto the wall and a biography of each individual will be read aloud. The building will also house an eternal flame.
The 40 million shekel structure is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.