The inaugural "Shimon Peres Day" was held in New York; Tens of thousands marched in a show of solidarity with Israel
Chemi Peres and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo led the parade and were joined by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Mayor Nir Barkat and Coalition Chairman David Bitan
Chemi Peres: "My father worked all of his life to strengthen the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States. Today, we continue his legacy."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared today (Sunday) as the first ever “Shimon Peres Day” to coincide with the annual parade for Israel that marches down Fifth Avenue in New York City. Over a celebratory breakfast Cuomo said, "This is a special day for me. A day that honors one of Israel's founding fathers - an inspirational leader and visionary. We will never forget his strong connection to the United States and New York. I am moved from the bottom of my heart.”
Last March Cuomo met with Chemi Peres during his visit to Israel - where he announced that starting this year, every first Sunday of June will honor the late Ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres.
Chemi Peres, son of the late Ninth President and Chairman of the Board of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, thanked the Governor of the State of New York for the moving gesture, which is reserved for only a few of the world's greatest leaders, and gave Cuomo a medal in memory of Shimon Peres.
Chemi said, "My father worked all of his life to strengthen the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States. There is no greater friend to Israel than the United States. Today I came to say thank you on behalf of my late father. With this parade, we continue his legacy.”
Sunday’s traditional parade honoring the late Ninth President Shimon Peres has been held on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan every year since 1964. Tens of thousands of people attended this parade, which marched from 57th Street to 74th Street. Hundreds of representatives of various organizations, including the Jewish Community in New York, youth movements, motorcyclists, dancers, clowns and jugglers were in attendance. Among them marched Israeli officials, including: Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who initiated the 4il campaign to create an online community of supporters for Israel, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Chairman of the Coalition David Bitan and Members of Knesset Ofer Shelah, Avi Dichter, and Stav Shaffir.
The traditional parade for Israel is held every year at the joint initiative of the JCRC New York, the Jewish Federation of New York (UJA) which is the umbrella organization of the Jewish Community in New York, and the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
Photos The Peres Center for Peace