A flag was raised in Watertown Thursday morning to honor the 71st anniversary of Israel's independence.
Members of Congregation Degel Israel of Watertown, Mayor Joe Butler and council member Lisa Ruggiero raised the Israeli flag in front of city hall.
Israel's independence day is celebrated throughout the world and commemorates the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948.
"I feel like it's a nice tradition to continue for our community," Degel Israel lay Leader Sarah Baldwin said. "Personally, my family lived in Israel for a year when I was a child, so I have a personal connection as a child with some good memories of that."
The people attending talked about the history of Israel, prayed, and sang the nation's anthem.