After the Passover holiday flags begin to appear on the Jerusalem, Israel, streets.
Flags on supermarket fences,
and flags on all types of vehicles.
Flags large and small are displayed on community and public buildings.
These new apartment buildings win for the longest flag I have seen this year.
The annual practice flights for Yom Haatzmaut, Independence Day, included a new stunt.
That fourth plane was not out of formation, but had turned upside down in a spin.
Look high above the Knesset building, in the clouds to see it coming back in formation.
However, this video clip of one maneuver should give you a better idea.
This is one helicopter circling over Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s house.
On Yom Ha’aztmaut the President hosts the first of a long day of events, and helicopters fly over at the opening.
Outside of Beit Hanasi, besides the flags there is a memorial flame.
Before the festivities of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Yom HaZikaron, Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel’s Wars and Victims of Terrorism is commemorated.
A siren is sounded for one minute at 8:00 pm and another at 11:00 this morning.
Shops were closed last night. Jerusalem streets were quiet.
Memorial services were held at the Kotel, Western Wall, with President Rivlin, while hundreds of smaller solemn gatherings were held in Jerusalem.
Most Israeli cities have their own military cemetery and memorial, but the largest is in Jerusalem.
Extra flags were up after Passover at the entrance
to the military cemetery on Har Herzl, where more flags were flying.
There is a special memorial for Ethiopians who lost their lives.
A special section for lone soldiers is adorned with military souvenir flags.
The main section was being prepared immediately after Passover.
A shade from the sun and a small white plastic stool was placed by each grave.
I went early to get photos to share.
Today tens of thousands of people, from all over, will fill Har Herzl for Yom HaZikaron.
A photo without crowds of people would be impossible.
Looking at the age here, I remembered being in the Beer Sheva Military Cemetery on Yom HaZikaron, in 2001, with a group of high school students after the March of Living trip to Poland. What the teens noticed was how many of the stones had 19 as the age they died. A number so close to their age captured their attention.
On Yom HaZikaron, each grave will have a small flag and flower, as Israelis remember 23,741 fallen soldiers.
The 3,150 victims of terror are also remembered.
Since 1955, as on the traditional blue sticker for Yom HaZikaron, is the Dam HaMaccabim (Red Everlasting) flower. The flower on a pin is new this year, part of the Dam HaMaccabim Project –
“According to legend, every drop of blood of the Maccabees that fell to the ground was absorbed into the land, and from it sprung the beautiful flower with its blood-like red blossom…
The Israeli people have known so much bereavement over the years, and yet we are not a sad people…we have channeled our losses into a national culture of growth, of bringing forth new life…”
So again as the sun sets, the mood shifts.
Signs are up, ready for celebrating 71 years Israel Independence in Jerusalem.
Fireworks from Har Herzl will be seen over the Jerusalem streets as the festive celebrations begin.
A week of extreme highs and lows, joy and sadness, on the real Jerusalem streets.