IDF salutes American volunteers in 1948 War of Independence
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IDF salutes American volunteers in 1948 War of Independence

Maj. Gen. Michael Edelstein, in uniform, shakes David Sidorsky’s hand as he presents a citation; from left, Harry Bieber, Paul Kaye, Si Spiegelman, and Ralph Lowenstein look on. Donna Kantey Parker and Rafi Marom, members of AVILC’s board and co-chairs of the Mickey Marcus Memorial at West Point, applaud in the background. (Photo provided)
Maj. Gen. Michael Edelstein, in uniform, shakes David Sidorsky’s hand as he presents a citation; from left, Harry Bieber, Paul Kaye, Si Spiegelman, and Ralph Lowenstein look on. Donna Kantey Parker and Rafi Marom, members of AVILC’s board and co-chairs of the Mickey Marcus Memorial at West Point, applaud in the background. (Photo provided)

The 53rd annual Mickey Marcus Memorial, held on Sunday, May 5, at the West Point Military Academy, marked the anniversary of the State of Israel and the IDF. The ceremony honors Marcus, a West Point graduate who was the first modern general in Israel, and other American veterans who recently died, along with those who died in Israel’s War of Independence.

An official citation, signed by the former IDF chief of the general staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, was presented by Maj. Gen. Michael Edelstein, Israel Defense Forces attache to the United States, to the five Machal veterans who were present, representing the American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corp.

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