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Video: Independence Day (Yom Atzmaut) Rehearsal at Har Herzl

Posted by Avital Pinnick on April 4, 2012

My officemate thinks that Israel probably has one of the worst marching armies in the world because they hardly ever march. After Baruch and I hiked through the Jerusalem Forest, we walked through Yad Vashem to Har Herzl. We saw soldiers rehearsing for Independence Day (Yom Atzmaut) ceremonies. I tried translating the directions and eventually gave up. It maked me very glad that I will never have to march in public.

Soldiers Rehearsing for Yom Atzmaut (Independence Day)

Har Herzl is Jerusalem’s military cemetery. Heads of state and other important people are buried there, along with thousands of soldiers (I didn’t see that part).

Golda Meir’s grave:


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Paratroopers’ March

Posted by Avital Pinnick on September 16, 2010

Paratroopers' March

My officemate phoned me this morning on his way to work to tell me that the paratroopers (tsanchanim) were passing by our building on a “masa kumta” (march at graduation from basic training). According to one of my co-workers who was in the paratroopers,  the march starts at about 4:00 in the afternoon at Tel-Nof, and ends 100 kilometers (!!) and 16 hours later at Ammunition Hill (Givat Hatachmoshet). At this intersection, family members and friends join the soldiers for the last two kilometers. It’s quite a sight!

In the photo below, a soldier is helping his friend keep up by dragging him by the hand. He must be strong — he’s carrying a heavy stretcher on his back and a lot of other equipment on his vest. The soldier between them is one of many who were chanting, “Mem Peh meshuga. Mem Mem meshuga.” Loose translation: “The platoon commander is crazy. The company commander is crazy.” I guess it keeps their mind off their sore feet and boosts morale.

Paratroopers' March

This guy has an ice pop wrapper hanging out of his mouth. He’s wearing a red ceremonial banner that identifies their unit, “Efeah,” a kind of snake. (One of my co-workers served in that unit and gave me the background info on the march. He also identified the rifle. It’s a Belgian FN MAG M240, in case you were wondering.)

Paratroopers' March

On the left are two officers (they already have their berets and have insignia on their shoulders). The one on the right is wearing a flag with the paratroopers’ emblem.

Paratroopers' March

After they crossed the intersection, they continued marching up Golda Meir Blvd. This isn’t a great photo. I only included it because it shows the place where I work. It would have been fun to photograph them from the sixth floor balcony but I couldn’t be in two places at once.

Paratroopers' March

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