India

India observes a day of commemoration in the form of Martyrs Day every year on 30th January; the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.  On this day, Indians gather for large ceremonies with their heads of state, and there is also the sounding of the Last Post. However, the event isn’t completely centred on Gandhi; it is an event to commemorate all those who have given their lives in the service of India.  The ceremonies remember those who fought and died in both world wars, the wars with Pakistan, the Indian Peace Keeping Force operations in Sri Lanka, as well as those killed in terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir over the years.

Indonesia

Hari Pahlawan (Heroes Day) is celebrated on 10th November every year.  This day honours the memory of the battle of Surabaya, the largest battle in the struggle for Indonesian independence. 

Israel

Israel’s day of Remembrance is called Yom Hazikaron, and is held in either late April or early May, depending on the Hebrew calendar.  This day makes use of the idea of a commemorative silence, with the start of the festival being marked with a minute-long siren heard throughout the country, and during which Israelis remain silent and still, even stopping their cars and bringing motorways to a halt.  During the festival, the Israeli flag is lowered to half-mast, and official memorial ceremonies are held at local cemeteries. 

Palestine

The Palestinian counterpart is called Nakba Day, and is on 15th May.  On this day, Palestinians and their supporters overseas, particularly in America, gather to remember those thousands of Palestinians displaced by the creation of the nation of Israel in 1948.   Nakbah Day is characterised by speeches given in the West Bank, Gaza, and some Arab states, as well as protest marches in places like London and New York.  Some time their remembrance day to coincide with Israeli Independence Day, to commemorate those Palestinians who died or were exiled from their homes as the Israelis celebrate the formation of their country.