By Jesse Roberts
Special to Horizons
On March 25, 2018, thirteen cadets from Detachment 028 participated in the Bataan Memorial March, a grueling 26.2 mile event honoring the survivors of the Bataan Death March. These cadets strapped on 35 pound rucksacks and trudged through the 26 miles of high desert terrain in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. They faced various challenges along the way including an aggressive mountain goat, stiff winds, cramps, and exhaustion. Despite these obstacles, the hike was very rewarding!
Cadet O’Neil said that, “Bataan is an amazing, unforgettable, and humbling experience, and we got to meet some cool people.” Fellow marchers included three survivors of the original Bataan Death March, one of whom marched for eight miles despite his age.
Before the march, there was a ceremony honoring the original survivors, mentioning by name each one who had passed away this year. The camaraderie among the survivors was inspiring to the cadets who attended and helped fuel them on their arduous journey. Many of the cadets who attended this year are already excited to go back, and they hope you can join them next time! If you have any questions, feel free to contact James Ritchey at [email@example.com].