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ACR-127 Bataan Death March Veterans Commemoration Day.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 127

Relative to Bataan Death March Veterans Commemoration Day.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  June 17, 2014. ]


ACR 127, Bonta. Bataan Death March Veterans Commemoration Day.
This measure would declare April 9, 2014, and every April 9 thereafter, as Bataan Death March Veterans Commemoration Day.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, On April 9, 1942, during World War II, the Japanese Army forced 78,000 Filipino and American soldiers to march 82 miles from Bataan to Camp O’Donnell; and
WHEREAS, These soldiers endured brutal conditions and suffered heinous war crimes along the march; and
WHEREAS, Approximately 10,000 soldiers, both Filipino and American, lost their lives during the march; and
WHEREAS, The Bataan Death March was the greatest loss of American and Filipino prisoners of war during World War II; and
WHEREAS, Many survivors were forced to labor in prison camps in the Philippines and Japan while prisoners of war; and
WHEREAS, Californians owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers who gave up their freedom and perished in service of their countries to preserve our freedoms and our lives; and
WHEREAS, Knowledge of this historic event is passing out of living memory as survivors pass away; and
WHEREAS, The sacrifices made by American and Filipino veterans during the Bataan Death March have received little state recognition in California; and
WHEREAS, The United States Federal Government annually recognizes April 9 as National Former Prisoner of War Day; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature declares that a day be set aside for appreciation of the veterans of the Bataan Death March and a memoriam of the deceased; and be it further
Resolved, That April 9, 2014, and each ninth day of April hereafter, is hereby designated and commemorated as Bataan Death March Veterans Commemoration Day; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.