NDTV on 24SEPT12 reported on Israel’s Haifa municipality and its efforts to remember the Indian soldiers who helped liberate the coastal city during World War I. As reported, many of the soldiers who lost their lives in the process are still buried in Israeli cemeteries.
Excerpts from the NDTV report:
“The move is a part of Haifa municipalities efforts to preserve the city’s history and heritage,” Hedva Almog, deputy Mayor of Haifa told people gathered to pay respects to Indian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war to liberate the city.
As per their findings, a large number of Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives in this region during the First World War and nearly 900 are cremated or buried in cemeteries across Israel.
Almog said that the municipality is planning big centenary celebrations to commemorate the event in 2018, calling upon India to join hands in making it a success.
The Indian army commemorates September 23rd every year as Haifa Day, to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments that helped liberate the city in 1918 following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.
Residents of the Israeli city also celebrate Haifa Day the same day with a series of cultural programmes during the week.