Yom HaAtzmaut- 60 Years to Israel this year!
By Courtney R.

Yom HaAtzmaut was started by David Ben- Gurion in Tel Aviv, Israel. I started on May 14,1948 to mark the day when David Ben-Gurion read the Proclamation of the Establishment of the State of Israel. Yom HaAtzmaut is also celebrated to represent their freedom. Yom HaAtzmaut is celebrated on the 5th day of Iyar (Friday or Saturday). In 2004, the law was changed to include if the 5th of Iyar falls on Monday, the festival is postponed to Tuesday Iyar 6th, so that Yom Hazikaron will not be immediately after the Sabbath.

At sunset on the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut twelve torches are lit on Mount Herzl. There is also a gun salute. They have parties held all over the country. There is dancing in the streets, fireworks, and outdoor entertainment. They have a flag hung and decorate their homes with lights and Israel flags. They also have special prayers. The children come to school dressed in blue and white to represent the colors of their flag.

We have a holiday that is very similar to Yom HaAtzmaut called Fourth of July or Independence Day. We also have fireworks and parties across the country. We too honor our flag on this day. We also dress in our flag's colors (red, white, and blue) on this special day.

Yom HaAtzma`ut
By Hunter G.

Yom HaAtzmaut is Independence or Forth of July. It`s been celebrated since they became a state. They went through 5 wars. They lost a lot of soldiers but they won there independence Jewish people dance, party, shoot off fireworks and, eat a lot of food . They decorate there houses with lights and Israel flags.

Yom HaAtzmaut is like Forth of July because we eat, party and, shoot off fireworks too. We both won our independence in war but ours in the civil war.

Yom HaAtzmaut
By Jasmin

The Jewish government started it on May 14,1948. It's a day of
independence of Israel. They lit torches for the 12 tribes. They decorate their homes with lights and flags. The activities are dancing, fireworks, and outdoor entertainment.

Yom HaAtzmaut reminds me of The 4 of July because there both celebrated for independence. Americans put flags and yellow ribbons around trees for the soldiers. We have fireworks, lots of food, and parades. That is a little about both holidays.

Yom HaAtzmaut the Israeli Independence Day
By William L.

You may have heard of the holiday Yom HaAtzmaut. Yom HaAtzmaut is the Israeli Independence Day. It is once a year like most holiday. It started May 14, 1948. That day Israel was declared an independent state. An official ceremony is held every year on Mount Herzl on the eve of Yom HaAtzmaut. The ceremony includes a speech, a ritual march of soldiers carrying the flag of Israel. They form elaborate structures such as a Menorah, Megan, David, and a number that represents the age of Israel. They also light twelve beacons, one for each of the tribes of Israel. Every year a dozen citizens are invited to light the beacons.

Yom Yom HaAtzmaut is like our Independence Day. We both celebrate our independence. Their soldiers march carrying the flag of Israel and our soldiers march in parades carrying the flag of the U.S.A. They build structures of important people and numbers and we make floats that represent important people in our country.