Michael Levin's legacy - ten years later

A decade after lone soldier Michael Levin fell in the Second Lebanon War, his parents visit his grave site - along with others he inspired.

Tal Polon ,

Grave of lone soldier Michael Levin
Grave of lone soldier Michael Levin
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The parents of Michael Levin, a lone soldier who fell in battle during the Second Lebanon War, visited his grave site at Har Herzl military cemetery yesterday, ten years after his death. They were accompanied by other lone soldiers inspired by Michael's story to join the ranks of the IDF, Yediot Aharonot reports.

Michael, who moved to Israel from Philadelphia, joined the elite paratrooper unit of the IDF. While on leave to visit his parents in the United States, the Second Lebanon War broke out. Without hesitation, he bought the first ticket back to Israel to join his comrades in battle. He was killed in battle in the summer of 2006.

Accompanying Michael's parents to the cemetery yesterday were two lone soldiers, who had been inspired by Michael's story to join the fighting ranks of the IDF themselves.

One of these soldiers, Eitan Goldfried (21) from Brazil, told of how he was inspired to move to Israel and join the IDF after a chance meeting with Michael's cousin, who told him Michael's story.

"To hear about a guy who grew up in the US who decided to leave everything to go defend Israel, the State of the Jews - that was exciting," Eitan related.

Standing beside Michael's grave, the lone soldiers told Michael's parents of the legacy Michael had left for other lone soldiers: "we won't forget Michael. Even today, a decade after his death, he still influences many fighters - and us too," they said, according to Yediot Achronot.