POW/MIA ceremony April 9

On April 9, 1942, American troops and Filipino nationals (estimated to number between 70,000 and 80,000) were surrendered to Japanese forces on the Philippine Island peninsula of Bataan by Gen. Edward King, officer in charge of American troops.

To commemorate the event and pay tribute to those men and their commitment to freedom, members of the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 and the World’s Cheese Center Post 5612 Veterans of Foreign Wars will gather at Plymouth City Hall Saturday, April 9, 8 a.m., for a brief remembrance ceremony which will include hoisting the black and white National League of Families POW/MIA flag.

In addition to making the surrender the largest in American military history, what followed the surrender is considered the darkest days in American military history or, as one detainee described it, “brutality simply for the sake of brutality.”

What became known as “The Bataan Death March” found the captives marching 65 miles in six days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees with no shade or water.

At the end of the march came the prisoner of war camps, the box car transportation, the hell ships and forced labor in the fields and mines.

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