Memorial service at West Point

Memorial service at West Point

American Veterans of Israel Legacy holds its 49th annual memorial assembly on Sunday, April 26, at the U.S. Military Academy – West Point Jewish chapel. The special service honors Colonel David “Mickey” Marcus, who was among the 41 U.S. and Canadian volunteers who fell in Israel’s War of Independence.

Major Henry Soussan will officiate at the program, which begins at 11 a.m., after a 10 a.m. breakfast. The program includes a service by chaplains, choir performances, and speeches by Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Israel’s consul general in New York, and Major General (Res.) Meir Klifi-Amir, Friends of the IDF’s national director and CEO.

The ceremony concludes with the presentation of colors by the U.S.M.A. honor guard, wreath laying, a six-gun salute, and a bugler playing “Taps.”

The American Veterans of Israel is a fraternal organization of American and Canadian volunteers who served in Israel’s War of Independence or on one the clandestine immigrant ships. The community is invited to attend. West Point Security requires a government-issued photo ID. For information, email Donna Parker at or Rafi Marom at

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