“With annual abrupt change of spirits, country celebrates its 71st anniversary with fireworks, concerts, parties and torch-lighting ceremony in Jerusalem”

TIMES OF ISRAEL
Grief to jubilation: Israel transitions from Memorial to Independence Day
by Michael Bachner
May 8, 2019

Israel abruptly crossed over from grief to jubilation at nightfall Wednesday, as Memorial Day for the country’s fallen soldiers and terror victims came to a close and its 71st Independence Day began. Mournful and somber speeches gave way to fireworks, concerts and parties across the country, with flags promptly raised back from half-staff. The juxtaposition of Memorial Day and Independence Day is a key element of Israelis’ experience of their country’s anniversary, ensuring that no commemoration completely excludes the sacrifice of the fallen and their families, and that the elation of independence is never far removed from an awareness of its cost. READ MORE

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