Geva Newsreel 048, 1954

Israels Sixth Memorial and Independence Day

9 Minutes, 1954
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Directed by: Unknown
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

On the sixth day memorial day, a group of young people is walking in a field and picking flowers to lay on graves of unidentified IDF casualties who died in battles in Iraq al-Manshiyah. Israeli flags hoisted on Ramla City Hall are lowered to half-mast. Visitors gather in the cemetery of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai and Negba. In Jerusalem, the graves of unknown soldiers are seen on Mount Herzl, and on Mount Zion, a ceremony is held in honor of finalizing a Torah scroll named Komimiot in memory of those who fell in the War of Independence. Led by Rabbi Shlomo Goren, a procession carries the Torah scroll in a special ark to the Presidents residence. President Yitzhak Ben Zvi is invited to write the word Israel at the end of the Torah scroll. Additional ceremonies are held for the wounded IDF soldiers. In Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion, Pinchas Navon and Moshe Dayan hand out pins with the symbol disabled soldiers to the wounded. At the Presidents House in Jerusalem, members of the diplomatic staff gather to greet and raise a glass for the State of Israel, in the presence of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and Moshe Sharet. Military annexes, public figures, and religious leaders come to the Kirya Garden in Jerusalem for the official independence day celebrations. Preparations are underway in Ramla for the military demonstration. The infantry parade includes the infantry, navy, women soldiers, Gadna, Nahal soldiers, scouts, camel cavalry, and police officers. The Air Force demonstration then takes place. In urban celebrations, Tel Aviv children wave Israeli flags, and young people dance the hora into the night.

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