At Sundown on Israel's Memorial Day, (May 10) air raid sirens sounded throughout the country to mark the opening of the festivities for the nations' 22nd Independence Day.
GV & SV Israeli flags on buildings in Jerusalem
GV Armed guards at Memorial
GV Crowd gathered at Independence ceremony
LV Flag raised
SV Flag at full mast
LV Torch lit
GV Independent torches alight
GV Parading colours
GV & SV Children climb over captured army vehicles (4 shots)
SV Parents look on
GV Girl on tank barrel
CU Barrel of tank PAN soldiers on board (2 shots)
SCU Young boys at controls of jeep
CU Machine gun on jeep
Ground to Air shots Fireworks display (3 shots)
Independence ceremony - flag being raised and torches being lit, colours being paraded, children climbing over military vehicles.
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Background: At Sundown on Israel's Memorial Day, (May 10) air raid sirens sounded throughout the country to mark the opening of the festivities for the nations' 22nd Independence Day. The principal ceremony was held on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, when the Speaker of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, lit the torch to mark the start of his country's 23rd year of Independence. In Tel Aviv the Israeli Armoured Corps, which has opened a new establishment, or 'Leaguer', in the city, put its military vehicles on show to the public.
In the Jerusalem ceremony, a dozen small flames were lit-one for each of the 12 tribes of Israel-by children from the border towns and kibbutzim.
Then the two main ceremonial colours of the Israel Defence Forces were handed over for the year's keeping from the Youth Command to Southern command; a guard of honour from the troops who face the war of attrition on the Suez Canal.
The military equipment put on show in Tel Aviv included captured Soviet-built tanks, and an Israeli-modified Patton tank, upgraded with a British-made 105 mm gun, and boosted by a diesel engine giving it a 10-hour operational range without refuelling.
Elsewhere, the Israelis paraded the Israeli-made sea-to-air Gabriel Guided Missile, French-built Saar gunboats, Phantom Fighter-bombers, and other powerful modern weapons from the country's armoury.
Independence day was overshadowed (as one Government Minister admitted) by the shooting which continued along the country's borders. Stringent precautions were in force against Arab guerrilla sabotage, and all police leave was cancelled. But for a time at least the festivities allayed the general tension.