Garden of the Missing in Action

The Garden of the Missing in Action was planted in the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem in 2003, and was officially opened to the public in early 2004.

The full name of the garden is The Garden of the Missing in Action Commemorating the Fallen in the Defense of Israel Whose Place of Burial is Unknown.

In the center of the garden stands a memorial with the names of hundreds who, over the years, fought both within Israel's borders and abroad and whose place of final rest is unknown.

The grove at the northern part of the garden contains more than 200 remembrance namestones that were brought to the site, including those dedicated to missing soldiers who died during the War of Independence (1948) and the Yom Kippur War (1973).

Also nearby is a memorial to the 69 fallen crew members of INS Dakar – a submarine that was lost in the Mediterranean sea in 1968 (her remains were discovered years later in 1999), and the 23 Who Went Down at Sea – 23 Palmach commandos plus a British officer who disappeared without a trace on May 18, 1941, on their way to sabotage oil refineries in Tripoli, Lebanon, during WW-II.

A formal memorial ceremony is held in the garden every year on the Hebrew date of the 7th in the month of Adar. According to tradition, Moses died on this date and his place of burial is unknown.

The stamp was issued in 2004, design: Hayyimi Kivkovich.