Cadets from Robert Land Academy are set to take part in the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, United States.
On March 23, 2014, eight cadets and two staff from RLA will participate in the challenging march, covering 26 miles (42 kilometres) of desert-like conditions at the White Sands Missile Range. This experience has become a tradition for Robert Land Academy, and this year is the 7th year that the Academy is sending a team to take part in the annual event.
The Bataan Memorial Death March honours the many thousands of heroic United States service members who defended the islands of Luzon, Corregidor, and the harbour defence forts of the Philippines during World War II and who were later surrendered to Japanese forces in April 1942. During the Bataan Death March of World War Two, American POWs were marched for days in the scorching heat of the Philippine jungles. Thousands died, and those who survived faced hardships in Japanese POW camps.
Approximately 6,000 marchers and runners take part in the Death March annually, coming from all 50 of the United States and 12 other countries, including Canada. Participants enter either as individuals or as teams in the military division, ROTC/JROTC division (military schools), or in the non-military (civilian) division.
Cadets from RLA will travel a few days before the event to acclimatize to the nearly 1,500 meter higher elevation, as well as having an opportunity to learn about the local history of New Mexico.
For further information about the Bataan Memorial Death March and Robert Land Academy's participation, click on the following link: Robert Land Academy - Bataan Death March