Video: Sand and 26.2 miles of desert
bring home reality of Bataan March © May 27, 2011, Norwich University Office of Communications

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Music: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Members of the NU Student Veterans Council recorded this video while participating in the 22nd-annual Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, N.M., on March 27, 2011.

Five students, all members of the Norwich University Student Veterans Council, traveled to New Mexico for a long weekend to represent the school at a memorial to one of the tragic events from the Pacific Theater of World War II.

Carrying a special guidon, group members trudged 26.2 miles across the desert terrain of the White Sands Missile Range as participants in the Bataan Memorial Death March. This annual event preserves the memory of the 1942 march, when tens of thousands of U.S. and Filipino soldiers were forced to walk from the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines to a prison camp after being captured by the Japanese.

Veterans Council members organized the March 2011 trip with help from the school, and shot the video footage during and after the event.