WHITE SANDS MISSLE RANGE (KTSM) – Thousands made the trek this weekend to honor the struggle and sacrifice of World War II soldiers during the Bataan Memorial Death March.
Before the sun had even risen, thousands gathered at White Sands Missile Range to honor survivors like James Bollich.
“It’s good to know that we’re still remembered and I’m glad to be here with the crowd and enjoy seeing everything,” Bollich said.
In 1942, 75,000 American and Filipino service members were captured by Japanese soldiers and forced to make a 65 mile march across the Bataan Peninsula day after day, thousands dying along the way.
“You kept your eyes down on the ground. You kept one foot forward and just kept going.”
This weekend, over 8,000 made the 26.2 mile march in honor of those who sacrificed everything.
At the finish line, survivors waited to shake the hand of very marcher, overwhelmed by the love and support.