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The traditional flag parade on the occasion of Jerusalem Day in the city streets.

Tens of thousands of Israelis, tourists and others from around the world gathered for the Jerusalem Day March that made its way from the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem to the Western Wall.

Enthusiastic marchers wait to join the Jerusalem Day march on the 50th anniversary of the Reunification of the Eternal Capital of Israel.

The event this year celebrated a half-century since the liberation of the other half of the holy city, whose sacred sites were held hostage for 19 years by Jordan behind a scramble of ugly barbed wire and a stinking pile of garbage.

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Today, fifty years later, we celebrate the reunification of the eternal capital of the Jewish People as we have every year since that day in 1967 when the Israel Defense Forces declared the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Western Wall and the Temple Mount, had returned to Jewish hands.

Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem

“On the 50th anniversary of its reunification, Jerusalem is a flourishing, thriving city – in the fields of education, hi-tech and culture, in business and all areas of life,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement.

“On this day, as we celebrate Jerusalem, let us all ‘exalt Jerusalem above our utmost joy,’ and build her for future generations. I wish all of us a successful year in Jerusalem.”

The Israel Ministry of Tourism has put together a happy video to explain just some of the other joys of Jerusalem for those who choose to live here. Watch now.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.