FRANKLIN COMMONS Phoenixville, PA

WW II Bataan – South Pacific Veterans Annual Memorial March April 29, 2017

VFW Trappe PA KUNTAO

  • Saturday, April 29 at 10 AM – 11:30 PM
  • VFW Post 7155 201 W 3rd Ave, Trappe, PA 19426

     

The 2nd Annual Memorial March allows families to “March For Those Who Can’t” and actively remember those who died and survived the South Pacific theater of World War II.

 

The march is 2.5 miles in length and memorializes the 10 critical battles of WWII in the South Pacific.

 

Each marcher receives a commemorative t shirt and money raised is donated to the VFW Post 7155 and Kapitbayan Filipino-American Association, Inc. (KFAAI).

 

The fee for each marcher is $20.

 

A living history memorial.

 

BATAAN DEATH MARCH HISTORY

April 9, 1942 – The Bataan Death March the forcible transfer, by the Imperial Japanese Army, of 76,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of prisoners. The 80 mile march was characterized by wide-ranging torture, bayoneted and murder, and resulted in very high fatalities inflicted upon prisoners and civilians alike by the Japanese Army.

 

Those that survived were forced to walk to Camp O’Donnell. Even after arriving at Camp O’Donnell, the survivors of the march continued to die at a rate of 30–50 per day, leading to thousands more dead. Most of the dead were buried in mass graves that the Japanese dug out with bulldozers on the outside of the barbed wire surrounding the compound. All told, approximately 5,000–10,000 Filipino and 600–650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O’Donnell.

 

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