A participant in the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico carries a POW/MIA flag along the course March 25, to honor more than 76,000 prisoners of war and missing in action at Bataan and Corregidor during World War II. Most of the 16 Bataan Death March survivors attending the memorial march this year had to endure three years or more in POW camps after the 80-mile march. Photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet / Air Force
ABOUT THE COURSE During the Bataan Memorial Death March, you will experience miles & miles of high desert! Learn more about the course below! From the start line (blue star at the south end of the map), the routes go counterclockwise. The numerically-marked (1-12) blue drops indicate the water points.
The Bataan Death March Memorial in Las Cruces, New Mex., features American and Filipino Soldiers supporting each other during the march. Footprints leading to and from the statue "look back to what has passed, down to what is present and ahead to what might be," according to notes by the sculptor, Kelley Hestir. "The footprints are symbolic of the many soldiers who began the march and the few who finished. The impressions were made from the feet of those who survived," Hestir said.