Yom Yerushalayim Jerusalem Day Favorites

Yom Yerushalayim,

Jerusalem Day is not your usual day in Jerusalem, Israel.

Israel Knesset with Israeli flag and Yom Yerushalyaim sign

Special holiday posters went up along with Israeli flags.

Some streets were lined with flags

Israeli flags for Jerusalem Day

and Jerusalem banners.

It is gone now, but

flowers in space of Israeli flag Marcus Street

 the flower bed near Marcus Street looked like a flag.

Besides flags,

Jerusalem Day posters Jerusalem

posters honoring soldiers who serve in the reserves

Poster Jerusalem Day Jerusalem Israel

were posted along some main roads.

The remembrance day of Yom Yerushalayim

is for the military victory in 1967.

From 1948-1967,

 Jerusalem was under Jordanian rule.

Access to the Old City and the Temple Mount,

and the Kotel, Western Wall was denied to Jews.

All schools have programs to celebrate

the miraculous liberation of Jerusalem.

Yom Yerushalyim history of Jerusalem Mekor Chaim

The program we attended in Mekor Chaim neighborhood

did not emphasize the military victory,

but the connection of the Jewish people

to Jerusalem throughout history.

On Jerusalem Day,

the Tower of David is open to the public.

Tower of David Jerusalem Day reception mayor

Live music greets the citizens of Jerusalem.

It was really hot this year.

Mayor's security cooling off on fan at Tower of David Yom Yerusahlayim

Security officers tried to cool off by standing in front of the fans,

before Mayor Nir Barkat’s fans came

Mayor Nir Barkat and Beverly on Jerusalem Day in Tower of David.

to pose for photos with Mayor and his wife Beverly.

But the biggest annual event on Yom Yerushalayim,

is the Flag Procession and Dance, called Rikudegalim.

The crowd on King George Street dancing

crowd from Hiechel shlomo on Yom Yerushalayim

 seemed smaller this year.

Maybe it was the heat,

or people were scared away by misleading media hype,

or perhaps people were at other programs.

mobile library in Gan Haatmzaut on Yom Yerushalayim

The mobile library in Gan Haatzmaut,

Independence Park, was not busy.

Friend dressed in Blue and white for Jerusalem Day

Seeing long-time friends dressed in blue and white

is always a Jerusalem Day favorite.

Flags Flag Dance Jerusalem Day

The boys with Israeli flags in front of Heichal Shlomo

were as loud as ever and were not slowed down by the weather.

Security was obvious and everywhere.

Hundreds of young people in yellow vests,

Girls doing crowd control on Jerusalem Day

helped with crowd control.

The media,

waiting for trouble at Damascus Gate,

Media at Damascus Gate on Jerusalem Day for Flag Parade

 were bored from this clearly non-violent event.

The chief of Israeli police was there too.

Head of Israeli police at Damascus Gate, photo taken with boy

 Posing for a photo with one of the boys marching,

not headline-worthy.

So to see for myself what really was happening,

I walked the whole parade route.

Oh, they were loud, singing such things as

Am Yisrael Chai and Ivdu Et Hashem B’simcha.

Boy doing Flag Dance stopping to shake hands with security in Arab shuk

One young fellow tried to shake hands

with every security person he passed and say thank you.

Little Arab girl in window watch Flag Parade in shuk

This little girl had a perfect view

but I have no idea what she was thinking.

Flag Dance on Jerusalem Day

The crowd just kept coming and coming,

it was getting late, and I was getting tired.

Western Wall on Jerusalem Day Kotel full for Yom Yerushayaim

Tens of thousands of people were on the

Jerusalem, Israel, streets all day.

There was no violence.

Cardo full of people on Jerusalem Day singing dancing and watching.

There was dancing in the ancient Roman Cardo.

50 years ago one could only imagine

Jews singing and dancing in the Old City.

As I went home they were still coming.

Bands played music late into the night

in multiple locations around Jerusalem,

but no one could go to all of them.

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