Bataan Death March ceremony scheduled

Bataan has fallen … 76 years ago, on April 9, 1942, radio broadcasts announced that the Philippine-American troops had laid down their arms.

They yielded to the superior force and numbers of the invading Japanese army. The surrender resulted in the infamous “Bataan Death March.”

Approximately 75,00 Filipino and American troops were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps.

Exact figures are unknown but it is believed that thousands of troops died because of the brutality of their captors.

Thousands more troops were to die as a result of disease, mistreatment and starvation at the prison camps. The public is welcomed to join the Plymouth Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion and the Plymouth VFW for a ceremony of remembrance. The ceremony will take place at the Plymouth City Hall Flag pole Saturday, April 7, at 8 a.m.

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