Photo spread: Israel’s flag raised at Ottawa City Hall on Yom Ha’Atzmaut

The flags of Ontario, Israel and Canada flying at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall on Yom Ha’Atzmaut. (Photo: Michael Regenstreif)

The flags of Ontario, Israel and Canada flying at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall on Yom Ha’Atzmaut.

Dignitaries joined about 100 members of Ottawa’s Jewish community, April 23, for a flag-raising ceremony to mark Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, at Marion Dewar Square in front of Ottawa City Hall. Click on photos to see full resolution. (Photos by Michael Regenstreif)

Former Israel Defense Forces lone soldier Tobin Kaiman (left) and Second World War veteran David Cohen prepare to raise Israel’s flag in front of Ottawa City Hall, April 23, in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Former Israel Defense Forces lone soldier Tobin Kaiman (left) and Second World War veteran David Cohen prepare to raise Israel’s flag in front of Ottawa City Hall, April 23, in celebration of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day.

Among the dignitaries on hand to see Israel’s flag raised at Ottawa City Hall on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, April 23, were (front row, from left) Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak, Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka, Miriam Barak, U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman.

Among the dignitaries on hand to see Israel’s flag raised at Ottawa City Hall on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, April 23, were (front row, from left) Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak, Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka, Miriam Barak, U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Israeli Ambassador Rafael Barak speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Rabbi Reuven P. Bulka speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa President and CEO Andrea Freedman speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

Jewish Federation of Ottawa President and CEO Andrea Freedman speaking at the Yom Ha’Atzmaut flag-raising ceremony, April 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

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