VFW Is Again Title Sponsor of Bataan Memorial Death March
Sponsorship and participation ensure the story isn’t forgotten
March 17, 2016
CITY, Mo. - For the sixth consecutive year,
the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) proudly announced its presenting
sponsorship of the 27th annual Bataan Memorial Death March. The 2016
march, slated to start this upcoming weekend, is held at White Sands Missile
The memorial march is a rigorous 26.2 miles through
extremely challenging high desert terrain held in honor and remembrance of the
heroic American service members who defended the Philippine islands during
World War II, and who sacrificed their freedom, health, and in many cases,
their very lives.
Since its inception, the march has grown from a few
hundred participants to more than 6,500 service members, veterans and civilians
who gather to march or run in the most grueling memorial event in the United
“The VFW is extremely
proud to be the presenting sponsor and salute the incredible sacrifices of all
who endured and perished during the Bataan Death March,” said Lynn Rolf III,
director of VFW Programs. “We must never forget these heroes and tell their
story. I’ve had the opportunity to walk the same ground in the Philippines and
now for the third year to run the Memorial Death March and can’t help but to
reflect on the incredible courage and torture these prisoners went through.”
Every year, dozens of VFW and VFW Auxiliary members line
the route to show their support for march participants. This year, service
members and veterans will also have the opportunity to stop by the VFW booth where
they can visit with VFW members and learn more about the essential assistance
and support programs the VFW has to offer.
Representing the VFW during this year’s rigorous and
demanding event will be a five-person #VFWBataan
team comprised of several VFW members currently on active duty service,
including a senior non-commissioned officer from Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
“I am very proud to be captaining a team of five VFW
members as we, in a small part, endure the physical and emotional challenge to
commemorate the Bataan,” said Lynn Rolf.
The VFW will keep you up-to-date on the #VFWBataan team’s progress by sharing
their video check-ins from along the grueling 26.2 mile route on Facebook,
but you can also search #VFWBataan
to monitor their movement.
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