The annual Maywood Bataan Day Memorial Service has been a Maywood tradition since 1942. Due the pandemic, however, the event won't happen this year. Members of the Maywood Bataan Day Organization, which plans the annual event, said that they've postponed the gathering until 2021.
"Maywood Bataan Day Organization President Richard A. McMahon and the MBDO Board of Directors notified the Village of Maywood this past week that due to the restrictions on gatherings caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, and in an abundance of caution for the citizens of Maywood, the event would not be held as planned," the organization explained in a statement released earlier this month.
This year's Bataan Day Memorial would have been on Sept. 13. Instead of a gathering, McMahon suggested that "those who wish to honor the memory of the men from Maywood and surrounding suburbs who fell on the battlefields of Bataan in the Philippines, as well as those who suffered and died during the infamous Death March or subsequent activity should visit the MBDO website and browse through hundreds of stories of the men from Maywood, as well as thousands of photos from memorial events in the past, both in Maywood and in the Philippines."
McMahon said that it "is our solemn duty, our promise to these heroes, that we remember their service and sacrifice," adding that they "gave all they had. For that, we promised them immortality in our thoughts and prayers."
The annual Memorial service will return on Sept. 12, 2021, 3 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Park, at First and Oak in Maywood. To access the MBDO website, visit mbdo.org.
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