On April 14 — 15 the citizens of Israel and Jews all over the world will celebrate Independence Day 2021, the 73rd anniversary of the establishment of the Jewish state. As every year, that joyous occasion will be preceded by two somber observances: Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), honoring the millions who perished at the hands of the Nazis (April 7 — 8); and Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), honoring the people who gave their lives for the establishment and survival of the country (April 13 — 14).
Quote: “The official ‘switch’ from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut takes place a few minutes after sundown, with a ceremony on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem in which the flag is raised from half staff (due to Memorial Day) to the top of the pole. The president of Israel delivers a speech of congratulations, and soldiers representing the Army, Navy, and Air Force parade with their flags. In recent decades this small-scale parade has replaced the large-scale daytime parade, which was the main event during the 1950s and ’60s. The evening parade is followed by a torch lighting (hadlakat masuot) ceremony, which marks the country’s achievements in all spheres of life.”
Sources: Wikipedia, MyJewishLearning.com
Learn more about Israel Independence Day on Wikipedia. ►
Watch “What Is Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel Independence Day?” [3:38]. ►
Watch “Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel (English subtitles)” [2:23]. ►
Watch “1948 Israeli War of Independence” [10:48]. ►
Watch “National Anthem of Israel — Beautiful Version (English Subtitles… click on cc)” [2:00]. ►
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