On December 9th, 2014, Israel celebrated its first National Day of Appreciation for its Injured. This day was created in order to honor all Israeli soldiers and citizens who have been injured in Israel’s wars, operations and terror attacks.

While Israel observes “Yom Hazikaron,” or a Day of Remembrance, which commemorates all of Israel’s fallen, many Israelis felt that it was necessary to have a national day that recognizes the sacrifice that thousands of injured Israelis have made for their country.

The organizers of this national day contacted Noam Horev, a famous Israeli lyricist, and asked him to gather a group of talented musicians and writers who would produce a song in honor of the injured. Noam Horev chose Hinanit Uzan, who is a graduate student from one of Horev’s songwriting workshops, to be the lyricist of this national song, entitled, “It Seems We Won.” The song was then composed by my cousin, Tal Blumstein, a young pianist and composer who said, “This song is not a sad song, as this day is not a sad day. It is a song of hope, optimism and honest gratitude to all of our heroes.”

“It Seems We Won” was professionally recorded, produced and performed by the famous Israeli singer-songwriter, Dor Daniel.

Here is the music video, with an English translation of the lyrics below:

Translation:

I heard that there is a place, where the sun shines for most of the day, and the sadness smiles, I do not know how. And I saw in the same breath, how the heart insists to miss a beat, and to take us to a place where we can find quiet in all of this turmoil.

And there we will find a small joy, in a life that is healed from an old wound. We are all threaded from the same embroidery. We are all thirsty for the same comfort, and we both remember what we promised. If we got this far, it seems we won, it seems we won.

I’ve heard that there is a place where the grey reality suddenly becomes clearer, for a lonely truth and sends a thank you. And I saw in the same breath, a warm and good extended hand that protects us, and carries us both to a place of the soul.

And there we will find a small joy, in a life that is healed from an old wound. We are all threaded from the same embroidery. We are all thirsty for the same comfort, and we both remember what we promised. If we got this far, it seems we won, it seems we won.

(Director: Oshrat Meirovich, Executive Producer: Anat Shapira, Producer: Yehuda Shoresh, Videographer: Amitai Karny and Editor: Ruth Karny, Arranger and Musical Producer: Aviv Koren)