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Close of “herzl Year” Marked by March of Thousands in Jerusalem

Thousands of Revisionist youth marched through the main streets of Jerusalem today to the tomb of Theodor Herzl where they laid wreaths on his grave as the year-long world-wide celebration of Herzl Year closed.

A memorial meeting at the tomb officially closed the year in Israel, with leaders of the Jewish Agency and Israel Cabinet members attending. Also present were the few surviving contemporaries of the founder of modern Zionism, including the cab driver who guided Herzl’s droshky through the streets of this city. A proclamation by President Itzhak Ben Zvi officially closed the national celebration.

Work on the Herzl tomb entered a new phase today as construction was stated on seven gates to the tomb, symbolizing the seven years that he headed the infant World Zionist Organization. Several more buildings will be erected as part of the national monument atop Mt. Herzl.