Yoman Geva 180, 1959

The 11th Independence Day is Celebrated Throughout the State of Israel

1959
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The 11th Independence Day is Celebrated Across the State of Israel, with a series of official ceremonies and events. Before the festivities begin, Memorial Day is marked across the country: Diplomats from diverse countries come to pay tribute at a ceremony held by President Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and representatives of Arab communities in Israel attend an outdoor event. The main event is held on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem. It opens once the siren is sounded with a military order of veterans. President Ben Zvi and the representative of a bereaved family light a torch together. The President gives a speech and a cantor prays for the fallen. A special prayer is said near Davids tomb on Mt. Zion. Bereaved families lay wreaths on graves in the military cemetery in Mount Herzl. Nearby, at Herzls own grave, Memorial Day ends with a ceremony that allows the transition from mourning to Independence Day celebrations. Once twelve beacons are lit, an impressive display of fireworks and folk dances marks the start of the festivities. The following day, the nation celebrates. Crowds on city streets enjoy boys and girls dancing the hora and playing tambourines. Hundreds dance in the Streets Haifa, while in Tel Aviv The Independence Day Parade is underway, overseen by the President of the State. The parade showcases the IDFs weapons and its corps. Fighter jets fly above Israels President Ben Zvi and Foreign Minister Golda Meir, as they take in the event.

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