Surrender of Bataan 75th Anniversary
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The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation of New Mexico, in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque, the Filipino American Foundation of New Mexico and the Rio Grande Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society, will host the:
2017 Bataan Memorial Ceremony, Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm in Bataan Memorial Park, located at Lomas Boulevard and Tulane Drive, just west of Carlisle Boulevard, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with entertainment scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon. The ceremony is free, and open to the public. (Also, Book Signing of Al David’s book, End of the Trail.)
Evening Event: The dinner will be at Sandia Resort & Casino, 6:00 pm, April 8, 2017. (We request Filipinos to wear our attire.) Get your tickets from any FAFNM Board of Directors you know or from Richard Luena 505-839-4496.
The Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Foundation (BCMF) of New Mexico is inviting everyone to the dinner honoring New Mexico’s WWII POW’s of the surrender of Bataan.
Guests at the dinner will include the former governor of Nueva Ecija, Philippines, Tomas Joson III and his son, Edward Joson, the current Board Member of Nueva Ecija and also former Vice Governor. Governor Joson is the son of Capt. Eduardo Joson who was involved in the planning and execution of the rescue of the POW’s at Pangatian, Cabanatuan City where the last of the Bataan Death March survivors were sent. Also local politicians will most likely attend along with some of the local high ranking military personnel, retired and active duty. We will also invite the Governor Martinez and the Philippine Consulate General.
The annual event honors New Mexico’s 200th and 515th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft) regiments who fought in the defense of Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor in the opening days of World War II, and who, with their courage and sacrifice, over five months, gave Our Nation time to arm and prepare a defense which would lead to ultimate victory in the Pacific.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the April 9, 1942 surrender of Bataan and the May 6, 1942 surrender of Corregidor, after which American and Filipino troops would fall behind a shroud of silence, enduring brutality and privation as prisoners of war.
Only 988 of the original 1,816 men of the 200th & 515th Coast Artillery men would survive 3-1/2 years as prisoners of the Japanese. Today, only 11 of these men are still living.
Please join us in honoring these great men.
For questions, please contact MAJ Richard A. Luena, USAF-R (Ret.) at (505) 839-4496.
(NOTE: Text was retrieved from the Facebook posting. See link below.)