Of all the stories emerging from World War II, the story of the “Bataan Death March” is among the most harrowing. The Americans taken prisoner in the Philippines in 1942 and forced to take that march to a distant Japanese POW camp included a number of soldiers from Maywood, which is why the village immediately to the west of River Forest marks the anniversary each year with a memorial service on the second Sunday in September.

This year’s 68th anniversary service takes place at 3 p.m., Sept. 12, at Veterans Memorial Park, corner of First Avenue and Oak Street in Maywood. This year’s service will feature a group of WWII re-enactors. A 2:30 concert by the Great Lakes Navy Band precedes the service. In case of bad weather, the event will move to the Maywood Public Library at the west end of Maywood Park (5th Avenue and St. Charles Road). Visit www.mbdo.org for more information.

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