One of the most delightful aspects of Hanukkah is observing its central mitzvah: lighting Hanukkah candles and saying the accompanying blessings. The commandment was sparked by an event that took in the 2nd century BCE.
In Israel, it's personal. The losses are personal losses. The joys are about individual freedom. Perhaps that is why it is so intense as well. The intensity of both the sadness and the happiness are powerful and moving, and so telling of the reality of life in Israel.
Yom HaZikaron ceremonies and memorials here are very communal events. Most are done at local high schools, honoring the fallen who went to school there. Israel is a small place and a tight-knit society in many places.