A message from Mark and Harriet Levin:
It’s hard to believe that 15 years have passed since we received the devastating news that our beloved son Michael had fallen in combat. From the pain of his loss, to informing our close friends and family, to our hastily arranged trip to Israel, to watching his casket being lowered into the ground, to the incredible out pouring of support and the news media frenzy that accompanied it every step of the way, we remember it all. The sights, the sounds and the memories will forever be ingrained in the deepest recesses of our hearts and minds.
We often recall the last time we saw him and said our final farewells at the El Al departure terminal at JFK Airport. I was the first in our family to hug and kiss him good-bye, his mother Harriet was next followed by his two sisters, Elisa and Dara. Something deep inside told me not to let go of him. I reached out to him one last time. I grabbed him by his shoulders, pulled him close and enveloped him in a final fatherly embrace. Then he turned, went through security and was gone. Even though time has healed the open wound of his loss, the scars that it left behind will always be with us. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t think about Michael. During family celebrations, holiday dinners, or special events, we always feel his absence.
Though these memories and his loss will always be a part of us, we decided long ago that for our own well-being and mental health we had to find a way to move forward. Thankfully, Michael showed us the way.
It was his vision and dream to establish a formal way to help lone soldiers like himself overcome the hurdles that they uniquely faced. We are proud that we have done just that. Through the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Foundation we have been able to fund programs and services that fulfill the needs of all lone soldiers, before, during and after their service tin the IDF.
That has been our focus and the lifeline for keeping Michael’s name, memory, and his dream alive. We could not have done this without the generous support of thousands of well-meaning people around the world. Thank you for supporting the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Foundation and helping us to achieve all that Michael had hoped for, and we hope that you will continue to help us keep Michael’s dream alive.
Mark & Harriet