On Wednesday May 11, 2011, Yad Vashem will hold the official ceremony marking the anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. The ceremony will take place with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak and Minister of Immigrant Absorption Sofa Landver.
Hundreds of Jewish World War II veterans of the Allied armies, the majority from the former Soviet Union, will attend the ceremony, along with Jewish partisans, wounded soldiers from the war against the Nazis, underground fighters, volunteers from the Yishuv who fought in the British forces and veterans of the Jewish Brigade, as well as diplomatic representatives from the Allied countries.
The event will take place at 17:00 at the Memorial to the Jewish Soldiers and Partisans at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and is open to the press. Media who wish to attend the event must arrive by 16:30 for security checks. RSVP: 02 644 3410.
Ehud Barak, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense
Sofa Landver, Minister of Immigrant Absorption
Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate
Captain Vadim Kornblitt, grandson of a veteran of the Red Army
Wreaths will be laid by representatives of the Government of Israel, the Knesset, IDF, ambassadors and military attaches of the Allied countries, as well as representatives of fighter and partisan organizations. The Israeli Police Orchestra, conducted by Inspector Eitan Sobol, and IDF Chief Cantor Lt. Col. Shai Abramson will participate in the event. The event will be moderated by Menachem Perry.
The ceremony is being organized with the participation of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, and partisan and veteran organizations.