Israel Preparing for Independence Day; Air Force to Hold Center of Stage

Israel’s Air Force will hold center stage on Independence Day, May 11–the 22nd anniversary of the establishment of Israel. Formation flights over Jerusalem and other major cities will be the chief display of military might, in contrast with former years when massed troops, tanks and armored vehicles were paraded through the streets. Official celebrations will be on a less lavish scale than in previous years. The budget for them has been cut in half for economy reasons. But there will be fireworks displays all over the country and these will be visible on the Golan Heights and the Jordan Valley. Torches will be lighted on Mr. Herzl in Jerusalem. Youth battalions will march in Jerusalem, and in Haifa thousands of students and youth movement members will dance and perform the traditional march of the flowers. Evening memorial services on Mt, Herzl and at military and other cemeteries throughout the country will be conducted.

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