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Source: Wikipedia

  • The Bataan Bridge in Carlsbad, New Mexico commemorates the victims of the march.
  • Bataan Memorial Building-Santa Fe, New Mexico; The building is named in memorial for the many New Mexico veterans serving in the 200th Coast Artillery (Regiment) during World War II. The building served as the State Capitol Building from 1900 to 1966.
  • Bataan Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico memorializes the veterans of the 200th Coast Artillery (United States) and 515th CA regiments. The park was dedicated in 1943, a monument was added in 1960, and major additions were completed in 2002. Rows of granite slabs are etched with the history of the units and the names of those who served. Each year survivors meet to remember their ordeal
  • Highway-70, through Southern New Mexico was renamed the Bataan Memorial Highway.
  • Statue of American and Filipino Bataan survivors resides at Veterans Memorial Park, in Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Source: wikipedia
New Mexico

The Bataan Death March is commemorated every year at the White Sands Missile Range, north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, with a trail marathon known as the Bataan Memorial Death March. The full marathon and 15-mile (24 km) run covers paved road and sandy trails, and is regarded by Marathon Guide as one of the top 30 marathons in the United States. [7]

Around 4,000 marchers participate in both the marathon and the 15.4-mile (24.8 km) run (only the marathon is timed), with members of military units of the United States and foreign armed forces participating. Many civilians also participate, usually running in the full marathon, which is timed with awards (but not certified by USA Track and Field). Several of the few remaining Bataan prisoners usually await the competitors to congratulate them on completing the grueling march. [8]

There are two categories, for both civilian and military divisions, known as "light" and "heavy." In the light category, runners may wear standard distance-running apparel. Marchers in the heavy division must carry a minimum of 35 pounds in rucksacks or backpacks; military entrants in the heavy category must also do so wearing Battle Dress Uniform (BDUs) or their service equivalent uniform.[9]

Excerpt:
From Missile Ranger

Front Page
Over 5,300 remember Bataan veterans
By Tom Fuller

Staff Writer
Apr 2, 2009, 05:49 pm

Photo by Drew Hamilton
A record breaking number of marchers participated in the 20th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range March 29, representing 50 states plus Puerto Rico, Guantanamo Bay, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Germany and the United Kingdom
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The Director of the Army Staff Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon, Jr. joined over 5,300 marchers in the 20th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. March 29.

Thousands of marchers stood shoulder to shoulder as Huntoon welcomed them to the march.

“This march is an uncommon marathon because it speaks to all of us about the things that truly matter…this march speaks most importantly to the courage and the sacrifice of the brave Americans and Filipinos, who suffered a terrible ordeal of the Bataan Death march in April 1942,” Huntoon said at the opening ceremony.

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