The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives
The Bataan Death March which began on April 9, 1942, was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60-80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II
Bataan Death March Memorial Monument SiteThe Bataan Death March Memorial in Las Cruces honors those who survived and those who died during the Bataan Death March in the early days of World War II. The site concept, design and bronze statue "Heroes of Bataan" are by Las Cruces sculptor Kelley S, Hestir. The memorial was dedicated in April 2002 on the 60th anniversary of the surrender of Bataan. With dozens of Bataan March survivors ex-prisoners-of-war, their families and thousands of attendees looking on.