- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A record 7,000 marchers are expected to participate in an annual walk honoring those who died in the Bataan Death March.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/2nwsL8E ) that the 28th annual Bataan Memorial Death March will be held Sunday at White Sands Missile Range. The mark caps participation at 7,000 marchers.

The Bataan Memorial Death March honors the World War II soldiers who suffered during the April 1942 march after thousands of American and Filipino service members surrendered to Japanese forces. Many died during the 80-mile march or became prisoners of war.

White Sands Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation Director Lisa Frankson says the 7,000 entrants in Sunday’s march surpasses the 6,800 who participated in 2012. She says high interest can likely be attributed to the march’s 75th anniversary.

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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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