Montana TV News – KULR 8
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Great Falls Public School Junior ROTC cadets are strapping up their boots for a 14-mile march to commemorate the horrific Bataan Death March.
It may not be the same distance some of our American troops were forced to take, but these young cadets are taking a 14-mile march to show their appreciation to these soldiers.
On April 9th, 1942, American troops on the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines surrendered to the Japanese and were later forced to go on torturous march more than 65 miles. That march is now known as the Bataan Death March.
This is something all Junior ROTC’s are studying across the nation and its goal is to raise awareness for POW’s and MIA’s.
“It’s called Prisoners of War & Missing in Action so there’s still 55 Montanan’s who are unaccounted for, who went to war and they were either taken prisoner or they’re missing, their remains haven’t been identified, and so we don’t know what exactly happened to them,” said retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Brian Holbein.
This march the JROTC is doing a fundraiser for charity, and this year half of the proceeds are going towards Montana Veteran’s Meat Locker.