New Mexicans gathered in Santa Fe to mark a somber anniversary.
The New Mexico National Guard commemorated the 77-year anniversary of the Bataan Death March. In April 1942, thousands of troops, including hundreds of New Mexicans, endured a brutal 65-mile hike after an American stronghold fell in the Philipines.
Roughly 200 people attended Tuesday’s event at the Eternal Flame Monument to honor their service.
“We can’t forget the history, we can’t forget the sacrifices that our veterans made so we can enjoy our freedoms today,” Margaret Garcia, daughter of a Bataan survivor, said.
At least six service members who survived the march are alive today.