Four years without him – A memorial ceremony beyond borders for the 9th President of the State of Israel – the late Shimon Peres 

September 21, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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This year marks 4 years since the passing of the 9th President and 8th Prime Minister of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and a man of action and vision.

President Shimon Peres Photo: Henry Benjamin

“The only time that is certain for us, is the future. The only thing that we have the possibility to change, is the future – the future of humankind, and the future of society. I hope to return to the vision of the prophets – to see the future, not in the eyes of yesterday.” – Shimon Peres

The life of the late Shimon Peres is intertwined with the history of the State of Israel from its earliest of days. Peres also wholeheartedly believed in the power of repairing the world by bringing people from all parts of the globe closer together. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will be holding the first virtual memorial ceremony of its kind, reaching homes in Israel and across the world.

Participants in the memorial service, to be attended by the Peres family, will include Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Hillary Clinton, Tony Blair, Prince Hassan of Jordan, Nicolas Sarkozy, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and singer Barbara Streisand. The ceremony will also be attended by around 100,000 children from across Israel, many at schools proudly named in Peres’ memory.

Using previously unseen footage, the event will explore the world of President Peres and draw inspiration from his most valuable work, vision and the legacy he left behind.

You are invited to join the 45-minute long event on Tuesday 22 September 2020 (4pm NZ 6pm AEST/5:30pm SA/ WA)

The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Facebook pages of President Peres and the Peres Center for Peace & Innovation:


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