Australian Cavalrymen Take the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

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Australian Cavalrymen Take the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

Press Release October 14, 2012


Australian Cavalrymen Take the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

 

Dozens of successors of the Australian cavalrymen, in uniform and on horseback, will reenact the route where the battle for the Semakh Train Station took place, at a tribute ceremony which will take place on October 28 at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee

 

A tribute ceremony in honor of the Australian cavalrymen, to mark the 94th anniversary of the battle for the Semakh Train Station, will take place by the banks of the Sea of Galilee, at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. The event will be attended by the Cabinet Secretary, the Australian Ambassador to Israel, many representatives of immigrants from Australia and New Zealand, and other guests.
The battle of the cavalry took place in September 1918, when the Australian Cavalry Regiment succeeded in taking the Semakh Train Station, as part of the great campaign to take the north of the country from the Turks. It was one of the most famous battles in history (one of the last cavalry battles in history). 14 Australian soldiers died in the battle.
The Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites, the Jordan Valley Regional Council, Rashi Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office and Israel Railways all joined forces to restore the historic train station at Semakh, and to build there the Center for Land of Israel Studies of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee.
As part of the ceremony, there will be the unveiling of a monument (the monument was designed by the Australian Cavalry Association, and was brought over from Australia) to the memory of the Australian solders who fell in the battle for the Semakh station. The college is cooperating with the First World War Heritage Association in Israel on making the ceremony an annual event, to mark the taking of the Semakh Train Station from the Turks.
The high point of the ceremony will be the dramatic and surprising entrance of some 15 galloping Australian cavalrymen, in their historic uniforms, to the college compound. Towards the end of the ceremony, they will leave the compound on horseback into the sunset, to the sound of famous Australian songs (which will be played throughout the ceremony).


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