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Petition requests break between Memorial, Independence days

JTA

May 9, 2011 | 10:24 am

Bereaved families and their supporters have signed a petition calling for a break between Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The petition says it is too difficult both emotionally and logistically to have Independence Day immediately follow Memorial Day. The petition points out that the families experience significant emotional pain on Memorial Day, and then must find their way home from cemeteries and ceremonies during which they encounter closed roads and preparations beginning for Independence Day.

The petition, which has garnered 5,000 signatures, many from bereaved families, requests an at least 24-hour break between the two observances.

The change would require Knesset legislation.

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