Mickey Marcus West Point memorial will honor contributions of Czechs

Mickey Marcus West Point memorial will honor contributions of Czechs

On Sunday, April 17, at 10 a.m., the American Veterans of Israel Legacy and the Israeli consulate in New York will join for the 50th annual Mickey Marcus memorial service at the Jewish Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

In the presence of senior military and diplomatic officials and veterans of Israel’s War of Independence, representatives of the Czech and Slovak Republics will be formally honored for the vital assistance rendered by Czechoslovakia during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence. Czechoslovakia was the only country to sell Israel fighter planes and weapons. This helped Israel to gain decisive air superiority and mount the offensive on the ground that prompted its first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, to say, “the Czechoslovak arms saved the State of Israel.”

The service honors Col. David “Mickey” Marcus (USMA ‘24) who was among the 41 American and Canadian volunteers who died during Israel’s War of Independence.

The program takes place at the USMA Jewish Chapel, officiated by chaplains, with choir participation, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Col. Marcus’ gravesite and concluding with the honor guard rendering a firing salute and a bugler sounding taps.

American Veterans of Israel is the legacy organization of the North American volunteers who served in Israel’s 1947-1949 War of Independence.

The community is invited to the service. West Point security requires a government-issued photo ID. For information, email donnaparker1@gmail.com, Rafi Marom at rafi_marom@hotmail.com, or Si Spiegelman at spiegelsi@aol.com.

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