JERUSALEM (JTA) — A state ceremony in Jerusalem marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Shimon Peres.
Peres’ family, world leaders and state and business leaders attended Thursday morning’s ceremony at Mount Herzl cemetery.
“His biggest dream – peace – my father did not get to see realized. My father knew that this dream would not bring recognition and acclaim. I ask you today to look at the future that he lays out in his autobiography. Here he explains that the battle for peace requires courage, even more so than the sacrifice of war. I ask, in the spirit of my father, that you don’t stop dreaming and daring, because it’s the best thing that could happen to our beloved country,” Peres’ son, Chemi, the chairman of the Board of the Peres Center, said during the ceremony.
Peres died at the age of 93, days after suffering a massive stroke.
Peres’ successor, Reuven Rivlin, also memorialized him. “We have not yet achieved peace and tranquility – we must act with determination,” Rivlin said.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger also attended the memorial.