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24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March

A participant in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March shows his appreciation for veterans and active duty service members with a sign at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

A participant in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March shows his appreciation for veterans and active duty service members with a sign at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

Oscar Leonard a World War ll survivor, stands at the start line and shakes hands with the participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

Oscar Leonard a World War ll survivor, stands at the start line and shakes hands with the participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March carry an American flag after the start of the event at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March carry an American flag after the start of the event at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. Over 5,800 people came to honor more than 76,000 Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action from Bataan and Corregidor during World War ll. The 26.2-mile course starts on WSMR, enters hilly terrain and finishes through sandy desert trails, with elevation ranging from 4,100-5,300 feet. This year 13 veterans from World War ll attended the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Leah Murray/Released)

U.S. Army service members post the colors at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2 mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

U.S. Army service members post the colors at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2 mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March gather during the opening ceremony at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March gather during the opening ceremony at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

World War II veterans and their families stand as they are honored during the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II.  Many of the survivors return year after year to participate in the event and shake the hands with those who finish the 26-mile loop through the desert.  (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

World War II veterans and their families stand as they are honored during the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. Many of the survivors return year after year to participate in the event and shake the hands with those who finish the 26-mile loop through the desert. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

The White Sands Missile Range honor guard posts the colors during the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

The White Sands Missile Range honor guard posts the colors during the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A U.S. Army service member posts the flag of the Battling Bastards of Bataan at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event began around 7 a.m., and the course stayed open until 8 p.m., when darkness fell, and it was no longer safe for participants to continue. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A U.S. Army service member posts the flag of the Battling Bastards of Bataan at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event began around 7 a.m., and the course stayed open until 8 p.m., when darkness fell, and it was no longer safe for participants to continue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A U.S. flag is raised at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A U.S. flag is raised at the opening ceremony of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

Bagpipers play music during the beginning of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event was heavily supported by thousands of volunteers manning water and aid stations every two miles and medics on standby due to the course’s high elevation and heat. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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Bagpipers play music during the beginning of the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event was heavily supported by thousands of volunteers manning water and aid stations every two miles and medics on standby due to the course’s high elevation and heat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A participant in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March runs with a guidon at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included several military and civilian categories, both and without a 35-pound backpack. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released
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A participant in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March runs with a guidon at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included several military and civilian categories, both and without a 35-pound backpack. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released

Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March make their way through the course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The course elevation ranged from 4,000 to 5,500 feet, and temperatures reached 85 degrees. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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Participants in the 24th annual Bataan Memorial Death March make their way through the course at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The course elevation ranged from 4,000 to 5,500 feet, and temperatures reached 85 degrees. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

A participant in the 24th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March crosses the finish line at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. (U.S.  Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)
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A participant in the 24th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March crosses the finish line at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. More than 5,800 people who were from across the world participated in the 26.2-milememorial marathon to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel E. Liddicoet/Released)

Onlookers watch as participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin the race at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Onlookers watch as participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin the race at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin their trek through the sand at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin the marathon at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)
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Participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March begin the marathon at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., March 17. The event included both a full 26.2-mile marathon and a 15.2-mile honorary march. More than 5,800 people from across the world participated in the 26.2-mile memorial march to honor the 76,000 prisoners of war who were forced to endure marching nearly 80 miles under brutal conditions during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Shoemaker/Released)

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