IDF Celebrates Israel’s 61st Independence Day

The IDF (Zahal) holds an honorary ceremony and various events in honor of Israeli Independence Day

Date: 28/04/2009, 11:52 AM     Author: Arnon Ben-Dror

It has been 61 years since Israel declared its independence and the IDF (Zahal) is a big part of the celebration. President Shimon Peres will give 120 outstanding citations to soldiers and officers of IDF (Zahal) units during a ceremony to be held with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff, and the Forum of the General Staff. The ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 28, and 120 soldiers will receive scholarships funded by the Friends of the IDF (Zahal). An IAF aircraft will cross the sky during the ceremony, marking 61 years of Israel’s existence as a state.

The IAF will hold five different air shows around the country. Between 9:40 and 10:00 at the Ramat David Air Force base, planes will perform celebratory maneuvers. Between 11:30 and 11:50, planes will fly over the President’s house in Jerusalem. In Tel Aviv, the planes will be seen above the Opera tower between 11:50 and 12:20. Additionally, from 13:40 to 14:00, an air show will be seen at the Tel Nof Air Force Base, and at 14:10 over the Air Force Base museum premises.

Also the Navy will join the celebratory shows in the morning of Independence Day. It will begin at 10:00 at the Carmel beach, continue at 12:15 at Herzliya Beach, and will continue along the coast in Tel Aviv. The ships will be seen in Ashdod at approximately 14:00 and will move on to Ashkelon at 14:30.

Furthermore, the IDF (Zahal) will open its doors to the general public. The Naval base located at the Haifa port, the Naval base at the port of Ashdod, the IAF base in Ramat David, the IAF base in Tel Nof, and the Technology College of the Air Force will be open from 9:00 to 14:00. The Air Force Museum at Hatzerim will be open from 9:00 to 17:00, the IDF (Zahal) base in Latrun will be open from 8:30 to 16:30, and from 20:00 to 23:00 the IAF base in Eilat will be open.