Every Israeli Memorial Day, we mourn the IDF soldiers who fell defending their country and the victims of terror whose lives were ended too soon. Each one had a story, a legacy, and a future. Every life lost has deeply impacted Israel as a whole.

Sgt. Sean Mondschein, 19, died fighting the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza on July 20, 2014. These are the notes he left for his family and friends. Today we remember him and 23,815 others on Israel’s Memorial Day.