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  Shvat 28, 5773 , 08/02/13

Memorial Service for Dan Shomron Friday

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at noon in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery near Tel Aviv, to mark the fifth anniversary of the passing of Dan Shomron, the 13th chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces, who died of complications from a stroke at the age of 70 on February 26, 2088, corresponding to the 20th of Adar Aleph 5768. 

Shomron is best remembered for leading the rescue of Air France passengers who were hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda in 1976. Wikipedia records that he was the first paratrooper to reach the Suez Canal during the Six-Day War of 1967 and was in charge of removing Israel's military and civilian presence in the Sinai under the Camp David Accords. Following his retirement from the active military, he became chairman of Israel Military Industries. In July of 2011, the training base at Tze'elim was renamed in his memory.

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