In April of 1942 10,000 American and 66,000 Filipino prisoners of war were forced by Japanese soldiers to march over 60 miles in the Philippines.
This year the Wabash Valley partnered with Mental Health America and Terre Haute North High School JROTC honored veterans who died in the march with a memorial run to help raise funds for the new homeless veterans complex, Liberty Village.
“So we do the 14 mile hike as just a portion of the 65 miles that we lost so many on in the Bataan Death March,” said MHA of Central Indiana Development Director Delaney Carr.
Terre Haute North JROTC student Sydney Howard used the memorial to support those she knows in the armed forces.
“I have so many friends whose parents have served,” Howard said. “And me being there for them when their parents were stationed.”
Carr says providing veterans in need with the services to help them thrive is what drives Liberty Village’s mission.
“Everyone deserves a place to call home. Our liberty village is one of our newer housing projects. It was opened in 2017,” Carr said. “So we just want to continue to better our programs so that people continue to have places to live.”
Mental Health America is continuing to accept donations to benefit Liberty Village, if you would like to donate click this link.