Never Forget the Sacrifice of Bataan

 We really need your help!  We are raising money to benefit the Philippine-American Cultural Foundation and your donations will make it possible to pay homage to the thousands of Filipino and American troops who fought and died on the Bataan Peninsula following the United States entrance into WWII .

Additional funds raised will also be donated to local veterans' groups and organizations to provide much needed aid  on their behalf.

Only 8 hours after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, marking the start of the United States entrance into WWII, Japan attacked the Philippines, which was then a US territory. The Fil-Am troops faced a much stronger Japanese force and were compelled to make a desperate stand in the Bataan peninsula. The battle lasted for a number of months and, because of their indomitable spirit and will to continue the fight in the face of the enemy's overwhelming advantages, the Fil-Am force was given the nickname "The Battling Bastards of Bataan".

But eventually the starving Fil-Am troops began to run out of medicine and ammunition, and were severely debilitated by diseases such as malaria and dysentery. With no chance of being resupplied or receiving reinforcements, their commanders were finally compelled to surrender on April 9, 1942.

Saturday, April 9, 2022  marks the 80th anniversary of the surrender and the beginning of the Bataan Death March. 

Beginning at 1PM on April 9, thousands will come together to remember and honor those who fought and died during this historic event.
The event will include a short SYMBOLIC MARCH, followed by a program replete with entertainment, honored speakers, and dignitaries, to be held on the grounds of Dominican College in Orangeburg NY. The Honorable Elmer Cato, Consul General of the Philippines in New York, will be the Keynote Speaker; special honors will be bestowed on the 31st Infantry Regiment and Philippines Scouts, two units who took part in the Battle of Bataan, suffering tremendous casualties.

Your donations will help us reach our initial fundraising goal of $10,000 in order to:

--  Help fund this year’s April 9, 2022, Bataan Commemoration

--  Cover the costs to maintain our organization's website - https://rememberbataan.org/ 

--  Support our ongoing maintenance of markers and monuments which commemorate the Bataan Death March, both at Bataan Rd. in Orangeburg, NY and in the Philippines, beside the actual route of the Death March.


--  Any funds raised over our goal will be donated to local veterans' groups and organizations.

Thanks in advance for your contribution to this meaningful cause!

                                   Here's a short video from our 75th Commemoration.
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Organizer

Barry Hirschberg 
Organizer
New City, NY
Philippine-American Cultural Foundation 
Registered nonprofit
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