A State of Liberty

A State of Liberty

  •   By Consul Maya Karmely
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  • Flag rising ceremony at Daley Plaza
     
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  • ​A Thought for Israel's Memorial Day and Israel's Independence Day

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    My friend's daughter at the age of 5 started asking about death.
    Now given the sensitivity of the issue- after considering the right way to approach the subject she was told that when someone is really, really, really old they die.
    Recently, they went over some pictures of important places and sites, and they came across the Statue of Liberty. When my friend told her that the statue was given to the United States almost 130 years ago- her reaction was: "She was really, really, really old and died and became a statue".
    It’s very interesting to see how children connect the dots and paint a picture that makes perfect sense to them, the first reaction can be “wow” what a wild imagination. Although, if you think about it this is actually true in a way.
    We honor people and events with statues, buildings and streets. We write poems and tell stories to remember the past, so we can appreciate the present and aspire for a better future.
    This week, Israel remembered her fallen sons and daughters on Yom Hazikaron (Israel's Memorial Day), and then the next day commemorated Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Israel's Independence Day).
    This transition from sadness to happiness may seem surreal, but you can also refer to it as something full of hope- remembering the past, while celebrating the present and future.
    Israel celebrated 65 years of Independence, during these years we had the chance to make our own statues, building and streets - to remember the past and tell our story.
    A story of 65 years of creation and innovation, 65 years of science and culture, 65 years of facing challenges and, most importantly, 65 years of liberty to seek a better future.
     
    Consul Maya Karmely