NEW YORK (Apr. 8)
In a gesture of peace, scores of doves will be released tomorrow from the steps of Federal Hall in the Wall Street district of Manhattan to herald the 12th annual Salute to Israel Parade, it was announced today by a parade committee spokesman. The annual parade along Fifth Avenue from 57th Street to 86th Street is scheduled for June 13. Plans for this year’s parade celebrating Israel’s 28th anniversary will be announced at a news conference tomorrow morning in Federal Hall, just before the dove ceremony.
Participating in the news session and the dove releasing ceremony will be civic, religious and political leaders representing Israel and the United States, the parade committee spokesman said. This year’s Salute to Israel Parade theme is “Proclaim Liberty Throughout The Land…” as inscribed on the Liberty Bell.
Serving as 1976 parade chairmen are: Robert Arnow. New York philanthropist and member of the Real Estate Board of New York City; Michael J. Lazar, an attorney and former City Transportation Administrator; Raymond Patt, an attorney and past president of B’nai Zion; and Edward Prince, chairman of the National Jewish Youth Council.
Some 500,000 persons are expected to view and participate in the event. The annual parade is sponsored by the American Zionist Youth Foundation in cooperation with more than 100 Jewish organizations and institutions. More than 50 colorful and inspiring floats and some 25 bands, and hundreds of marching contingents from Jewish and non-Jewish groups throughout the U.S. and Canada will participate.