LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the annual Israel flag raising ceremony has been canceled due to health concerns, members of the Livingston Department of Public Works (DPW) and Councilman Michael Vieira, who serves as liaison to the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI), braved the rain and donned protective masks earlier this week to raise the flag outside Livingston Town Hall in recognition of Israeli Independence Day.

Standing a safe distance away from his fellow township employees, Vieira took photos and videos for the benefit of the community as DPW workers fully raised the flag and then lowered it to half-staff “out of respect for what is going on in this world,” the councilman said. The flag will remain raised until May 1. 

During Monday’s council meeting, the governing body commended Vieira for taking the initiative to still raise the flag at the LCDI’s request.

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“It just really shows that even in the times that were in, the town doesn’t stop for anything, and this was a really nice gesture,” said Councilman Ed Meinhardt, who served as LCDI liaison prior to Vieira.

In the absence of this year’s “Livingston Celebrating Israel” event, the LCDI shared the details of a virtual celebration being held through the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ.

The federation’s Israeli Tour Guide Lecture Series continues on Thursday with Revital Snaider, who will present “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Israel, and on Monday with Yona Leshets, who will present “From Oranges and Security to Tech Nation.” Registration is required for these Zoom calls, which both begin at noon.  

CLICK HERE to register.