Mickey Marcus memorial service

Mickey Marcus memorial service

On Sunday, April 29, at 10 a.m., the American Veterans of Israel Legacy Corporation, in conjunction with the Israeli consulate in New York, will hold the 52nd annual Mickey Marcus memorial service at the Jewish chapel at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The service honors Col. David “Mickey” Marcus (West Point 1924) who was among the 41 American and Canadian volunteers who died during Israel’s War of Independence. There will also be a commemoration to mark Israel’s 70th anniversary. The day’s speakers include Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s consul general.

There will be a tribute to Col. Marcus by the U.S. Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center on his induction as a Distinguished Member of the Civil Affairs Regiment. The Jewish Chapel at West Point has been designated as the place of honor where the plaque and medallion will be displayed.

There will be an exhibition portraying “Aliyah Bet,” the clandestine immigration that defied British authorities and regulations, and a photo display showing refugees the British caught and shipped to internment camps on Cyprus.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with coffee in the chapel social hall. From 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., chaplains and the choir lead a service in the chapel with Jewish War Veterans-Rockland/Orange district presenting the colors. Chaplain David Ruderman (USMA) and guest rabbis will officiate. At 12:45, there will be a wreath-ceremony honoring Col. Marcus at the West Point military cemetery, including a firing salute, and taps by the West Point Honor Guard. Security requires a government-issued photo ID.

For information, email donnaparker1@gmail.com or spiegelsi@aol.com, or go to www.israelvets.com or www.machal.org.il. Veterans of Israel Legacy Corporation is an organization of the North American volunteers who served in Israel’s War of Independence.

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