Just to the west, a celebration of Bataan

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

On Sunday, Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of 1st Avenue and Oak Street in Maywood, the Maywood Bataan Day Organization will host its annual Maywood Bataan Day Service. 

The service will begin with a concert of military and other appropriate musical pieces presented by the US Navy Great Lakes Ceremonial Band under the direction of Chief Musician Brandon Banbee. At 3 p.m., there will be a color guard presentation to start off the service.

The guest speaker will be the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin. For more info, visit: mbdo.org/.

Michael Romain 

Email: michael@oakpark.com

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Kline Maureen  

Posted: September 10th, 2018 6:09 PM

in case anyone is interested, here is a link to the Maywood Bataan Day Organization: https://mbdo.org/

Tom Leeds  

Posted: September 10th, 2018 2:01 PM

Additionally, the reason Maywood remembers this is because the 33rd Tank Company and 33rd Infantry Division of the Illinois National Guard based in Maywood was there.

Tom Leeds  

Posted: September 10th, 2018 1:58 PM

Are the editors so obtuse to call this "A Celebration of Bataan"? No one would have heard of Bataan nor conduct ceremonies if it wasn't for the Bataan Death March. Do we have the celebrations of the Slavery and the Atlantic crossing or Auschwitz? Per history.com, Bataan Death March: April 1942 "The surrendered Filipinos and Americans soon were rounded up by the Japanese and forced to march some 65 miles from Mariveles, on the southern end of the Bataan Peninsula, to San Fernando. The men were divided into groups of approximately 100, and what became known as the Bataan Death March typically took each group around five days to complete. The exact figures are unknown, but it is believed that thousands of troops died because of the brutality of their captors, who starved and beat the marchers, and bayoneted those too weak to walk. Survivors were taken by rail from San Fernando to prisoner-of-war camps, where thousands more died from disease, mistreatment and starvation."

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