Even just from Mariveles to Balanga. It's the tribute that matters.
I've heard many times questions on why we "celebrate" a defeat. I wouldn't say it's a celebration, and it's not a defeat that we're trying to remember. Rather it's what they fought for that we memorialize. Just like in the Voice of Freedom broadcast from Corregidor when Bataan fell:
"Bataan has fallen, but the spirit that made it stand--a beacon to all the liberty-loving peoples of the world — cannot fall!"
The night before after driving for 6 hours, I knew I was at the right hotel when I saw this.
Hanging out with John Mims at the hotel lobby while waiting for the folks that would bring him over to the site of the march. I hung around with the intention of following them because I was not familiar with the area.
Noticed my shadow while at the march and thought I'd take a picture of it (looks like I'm sipping from a juice box)
Posted today in the Battle of Bataan FB Group page.
------- Mr. John Mims died today in North Carolina. He was 94 and lived a full life. John showed me what bravery and compassion looks like. He survived four years of captivity where he was beaten, starved and used as slave labor. Yet after the war he was not a bitter man, he was the exact opposite, he forgave the Japanese who captured him and caused so much physical and and emotional punishment. I was happy to have known him and will miss him. We want to send our love and prayers to Miss Nena and all of family and friends.