Monday, May 10, 2010

VE Day Remembered at Yad Vashem

Close to 1,000 Veterans, many from the FSU, brushed off their uniforms and metals, donning them in the sweltering Jerusalem heat, to attend a special VE Day commemoration at Yad Vashem. This year is 65 years since the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. The Israeli Police Orchestra performed traditional band music - remember "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean"?, while former servicemen and women, fighters and partisan groups hummed and sang along. During an exceptional moment, the crowd spontaneously rose to its feet as the band played a moving rendition of the Partisans' Song.

Minister of Defense Ehud Barak, Minister of Immigrant Abosrption Sofa Landver and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev saluted the fighters for their bravery and extolled them for their role in vanquishing Nazi Germany. Representatives of the Israeli government, allied countries, veteran's and partisan associations and decorated fighters laid wreaths at the base of the Monument to the Jewish Solders and Partisans who fought against Nazi Germany.

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