2020 Bataan Memorial Death March | Sunday, March 15, 2020
For the last several years, the Texas VFW has had several members participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March honoring the survivors of the real Death March, who were force-marched over 85 miles over 6 days in tropical conditions with little to no water and only one meal of rice during the 6 day ordeal. Those unable to keep up where either shot or bayoneted to death.
There are several march categories but most of our group signs up for the "Honorary Division" or the "Civilian Individual (Heavy or Light)." Last year, the Allen Post participated as a 4-Man team in the "Civilian Heavy" category along with Lynn Toomer in the "Civilian Individual Light" — with all of them completing the 26.2 miles. Our very own State Judge Advocate Grant Seabolt completed the 14.2 miles in a pair of brand new boots. Norm and Natalie Copeland started and finished as a team but you know they are married and like each other. :-)
The National VFW is a major sponsor and usually the Commander-in-Chief and the National Membership and Program Directors are in attendance and we meet at the program presentation area to start off so we can get a group photo because once it starts everyone is off and on their own.
This year State Commander King has secured the Texas VFW as an official sponsor of the last water station before the finish line as well as a booth at the finish line area. We are looking for 4 volunteers who would be willing to help service these locations. If you are interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Commander King has also set up a $100 lottery for up to 20 Texas VFW members who finish the march. If we have more than 20 participate then drawings will be held to determine who the 20 winners are. You must check in at the Texas VFW Booth at the finish line when you complete the march to be considered.
Hotel accommodations are yours to choose from. The Texas VFW State Officers delegation will be staying at the Comfort Suites El Paso West located at 5034 N. Desert Blvd, El Paso, TX, US, 79912. We will be arriving Friday afternoon and then spending Saturday at the registration pick up area in Las Cruces, participating in the March on Sunday, checking out on Monday and heading home. (Note: Las Cruces, N.M. is closer to White Sands than El Paso, so we encourage you to find hotels in Las Cruces.)
Online ordering for the Official 2020 Texas VFW Bataan Memorial Death March T-Shirt has expired.
Those who ordered shirts can pick them up at the 2020 Mid-Winter Convention in Austin, and also at White Sands, NM at the Texas VFW booth.
Register for the 2020 Bataan Memorial Death March
Below is a link for more information and how you can sign up if you would like to join us March 15, 2020.
Hope to see you there!