This year, Maywood’s Bataan Day Memorial Falls on Anniversary of 9/11

Maywood Bataan Day 1963

The Morton Grove Cougars Drum and Bugle Corps march during the 1963 Bataan Day memorial in Maywood. | via Bob Zimmerman || Below: The World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001. | Wikipedia

9:11.jpgFriday, September 9, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

This year, the Maywood Bataan Day Organization’s annual memorial service — scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 11, at Maywood Veterans Park — has multiple layers of significance.

“On the occasion of the 74th anniversary of the Maywood Bataan Day Annual Memorial Service,” noted the organization’s president, Col. Richard A. McMahon, Jr., “the 70th Anniversary of the Memorial Tank Dedication and the 15th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, it is important to confirm our sacred vow to remember the heroes of the United States.”

The event’s keynote speaker is Brigadier General Alicia Tate-Nadeau, Assistant Adjutant General of the Joint Staff, Illinois National Guard. According to a statement released by MBDO, General Tate-Nadeu “has the distinct honor of being the first woman to have attained the rank of Brigadier General in the Illinois National Guard.”

Each year, since 1942, hundreds of people have gathered in Maywood to memorialize the men of Maywood’s Company B of the 192nd Tank Battalion, half of whom left Maywood in the fall of 1941 to defend the Philippines Islands. They would not return.

“Killed in action, missing in impenetrable jungles, dead on the infamous Bataan Death March, or in an overcrowded and unsanitary POW camp, or on a Hell Ship to Japan or China, or as a slave laborer in a coal mine or steel mill, or any of an uncounted number of atrocities at the hands of their enemies and eventual captors – those who survived had been home for less than a year,” the MBDO statement notes.

For more information on the event, click here. VFP

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