The Ann Arbor community will gather to remember and honor those who died serving in the Israel Defense Forces or in terror attacks. The commemoration includes moving memorial poems, videos, and musical selections. Participants have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of one of the fallen. The ceremony itself includes volunteer readers, and Rabbis from across the community. Celebrating Israeli Independence day in Israel and outside Israel is a two stage process. The first is to recognize and mourn the lives of those soldiers who have fallen in her defense, and those innocent men, women and children who their lives in acts of terrorism. The second, which takes place on the following day, is to celebrate the existence of an independent Jewish state.