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Independence Day picnic - Israeli style

Jim Hollander / EPA

An Israeli family enjoys a picnic underneath the wing of an old military transport plane in The Defender's Forest, near Kibbutz Nachson on Israel's 64th Independence Day. All photo's shot by EPA's Jim Hollander on April 26.

Children play on an old Israeli military transport in The Defender's Forest as a kettle steams on a charcoal fire as families visit the area for a picnic on Israel's 64th Independence Day.

Israelis flocked to beaches and parks for barbecues across the nation to mark the country's 64th Independence Day.

This plane located in Defender's Forest, near Kibbutz Nachson, was used by the Israeli Air Force during the 1967 Six Day War as a troop transport aircraft, and was placed in the park as a tribute to fallen soldiers.

While Independence Day is a joyful celebration in Israel, Palestinians will mark the creation of the Jewish state in mid-May with a day of mourning.

--The Associated Press contributes to this post

An Israeli family enjoys their Independence Day picnic underneath the wing of an old Israeli military transport plane in The Defender's Forest, near Kibbutz Nachson.

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