It will soon be Independence Day in Israel. Know how I can tell? The flag sellers have started popping up at all the major road intersections, flags in hand, money bag on their belt.

Before that joyous occasion arrives, there are some somber moments to stop and remember the fallen.

First, up, Yom Hashoah.

From the Times of Israel:

Tonight, Israelis will start commemorating Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, during which schools, government offices, the IDF and local municipalities will hold ceremonies to honor those murdered by the Nazis and their helpers.

Events will start at 8 p.m., when the national flag will be lowered to half mast. The main ceremony will take place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in attendance. Six Holocaust survivors will light memorial torches in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered.

You can read the whole thing here.