Friday 4th July 2014
After visiting Yad Vashem on the slope of Mount Herzl, I walked up a short path to the summit.
Mount Herzl (Hebrew: הר הרצל), also Har HaZikaron (Hebrew: הר הזכרון lit. “Mount of Remembrance”), is the site of Israel’s national cemetery and other memorial and educational facilities, found on the west side of Jerusalem beside Jerusalem Forest. It is named for Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism. Herzl’s tomb lies at the top of the hill. Yad Vashem, which commemorates the Holocaust, lies to the west of Mt. Herzl. Israel’s war dead are also buried there. Mount Herzl is 834 meters above sea level. Every plot section in Mount Herzl has a broad plaza for memorial services. Most state memorial ceremonies for those killed at war are conducted in the National Military and Police cemetery.
I came across the grave of Yitzak Rabin, two time Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, who was assassinated in 1995.
Yitzhak Rabin (Hebrew: יִצְחָק רַבִּין; IPA: [jitsˈχak ʁaˈbin] 1 March 1922 – 4 November 1995) was an Israeli politician, statesman and general.
I also came across the grave of Golda Meir:
Golda Meir (earlier Golda Meyerson, born Golda Mabovitch, Голда Мабович; May 3, 1898 – December 8, 1978) was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel.
The Theodor Herzl grave, the Nation’s Great Leaders plot, the Military Cemetery, and the many monuments and memorials dedicated to the Jewish soldiers who died in WWI and WWII, to those emigrants who died in ships, to those who died defending the Jewish Quarter, in the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War and in other battles, to the victims of hostilities and terror, to name just a few, make this hilltop a national site which commemorates the revival of the Jewish people in the ancient biblical homeland after the catastrophe of the Holocaust.
See the above referenced wikipedia website for more information on Mount Herzl.
Shalom, Peace, Salaam!!!