Israel observed Remembrance day from 8.30 p.m. on Saturday (5 May) to 7 p.m. the?
Israel observed Remembrance day from 8.30 p.m. on Saturday (5 May) to 7 p.m. the following night when the 25th Anniversary celebrations officially started. The main ceremonies marking Memorial Day were held throughout the country to honour Israel's war dead.
At the Western Wall in Jerusalem, President Zalman Shazar kindled a memorial flame with a torch handed to him by the mother of a soldier who died in Middle east fighting. Simultaneously throughout Israel, flags were lowered to half-mast at army camps and memorial candles were lighted at parade grounds and public buildings.
The following day at Jerusalem's Mt. Herzi Military Cemetery, Prime Minister Golda Meir planed a wreath at another memorial flame, once again, similar ceremonies were held throughout the country. In a speech at the cemetery, Mrs Meir said that Israel wanted to preserve the lives of its own men, but at the same time did not want the sons of neighbouring countries to die. But she said this was only possible if Israel was not attacked or threatened again.
SYNOPSIS: Israel marked Memorial Day on Sunday with services at military cemeteries through the country.
This ceremony at Mt Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem was attended by Prime Minister Golda Meir who placed a wreath at a memorial flame. The day's services were to honour the soldiers who died in fighting through Israel's first twenty-five years. The anniversary of foundation was to be celebrated the following day with a big military parade through Jerusalem.
This service was one of many throughout the country in military cemeteries and military sections of civilian cemeteries. Top members of Government attended the main ceremonies.
Mrs Meir spoke briefly at the cemetery, the country's largest for service personnel. She said that Israel wanted to preserve not only the lives of her own soldiers, but also those of neighbouring countries. However, she said this would not be possible if Israel was attacked or threatened again. Throughout the day, flags remained at half-mast.
The previous night, mourning officially began at Jerusalem's Western Wall with a flame lighting ceremony. President Shazar kindled the flame with a torch handed to him by a bereaved mother.
The same evening, flags were lowered to half mast in army camps and more than twelve hundred memorial candles were lit at parade grounds and public buildings. Memorial Day started with siren blasts which were sounded the following night to mark the start of celebrations of the twenty fifth anniversary.