Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), Wednesday, April 1, marks the 44th anniversary of the capture of the Old City by the IDF forces on the first day of the Six Day War in 1967. This resulted in the reunification of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The traditional Rikudgalim (Flag Dance) March takes place every year in Jerusalem on Jerusalem Day with the participation of close to 100,000 people. The route has always been down Jaffa Rd., leading to the Old City.
This year, however, because of the new light-rail system that has taken over the street, marchers will march down Route 1 and on HaNeviim (Prophets) St., to the north of Jaffa Rd.. Some of the marchers will enter the Old City via Damascus Gate, while the others will march around the Old City Walls to the north and enter through Dung Gate.
Other events include remembering the Ammunition Hill battle, the unfurling of an Israeli flag on the Temple Mount, and the liberation of other areas in Judea and Samaria.
Jerusalem became the capital of Israel over 3,000 years ago when it was captured by King David in 1,000 BC. Since that time, Jerusalem has been and will remain the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.
According to the Hebrew calendar, May 1 is the 28th day of the month of Iyar in the year 5727.
Happy Birthday Jerusalem!