The 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March will be held at White Sands Missile Range on March 23rd. What began as a community project by a New Mexico State ROTC cadet has grown from a little over 100 participants to almost 7000 in 2013.
In 1942, thousands of American and Filipino Soldiers were surrendered to the Japanese. Already weak and sick they were ordered to march over 65 miles as prisoners of war - thousands died. Do a web search for Bataan Death March and learn more about this horrific time in history.
The march is an opportunity to touch history as survivors tell their story, line up at the starting line, and wait at the finish line to thank you for participating. A hugely patriotic event you will leave it appreciating the sacrifices of these heroes and the military serving today in places around the world.
Registration opened with fees scheduled to increase at midnight on December 31. Go to www.bataanmarch.com for more information and instructions of how to register for the honorary route of 14.2 miles or the full marathon length route of 26.2 miles. Registration is open to teams and individuals of all ages.
Mom, at 85 years young, was thrilled to show off her Christmas Tree - complete with candy canes, cookies, old ornaments and chocolate treats. Dressed in her native dress she is ready to tell stories of Christmas in her home country. An evening with song and stories and sweet delights waits for all.
No photo this week - busy making tamales over the weekend. What is your favorite food or tradition over the holiday season? Do you go out to the woods and cut your own tree? Do you make gifts for friends and family?
As usual I tried to bake cookies and get some other things done at the same time and as usual the cookies are crispy. Taste good but not the soft chewy chocolate chip cookie of your dreams. My daughter said it's good to know that one thing always stays consistent - my first batch of cookies are always on the crispy side - - think I'll take that as a compliment :-)
Bless you one and all - however you choose to celebrate this special season. AND remember those who are less fortunate and would be thrilled with a
If you ever worked at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, had an interest in the history of the range to include Trinity Site - this is the book for you. Written by retired White Sands Public Affairs Specialist Jim Eckles, the book is a delight to read - Jim is a "real" story teller - the kind that keeps you captivated and wanting more. All the information is below - would make a great Christmas gift but you'll find that you'll read it yourself History has never been so enjoyable….
Promotional Description --- Pocketful Of Rockets: History And Stories Behind
White Sands Missile Range by Jim Eckles
Pocketful Of Rockets is an informative and entertaining survey of the
history of White Sands Missile Range. This is a rare look under the covers
at the largest military installation in America by someone who worked in the
Range's Public Affairs Office for 30 years. The author looks at V-2 rockets
gone astray, the search for 100 tons of gold at Victorio Peak, how the first
atomic bomb at Trinity Site changed the world instantly, the mountain lions
and bighorn sheep roaming the Range, the Apache/Buffalo Soldier battlefield
from 1880, and how the aliens figure into it all.
Eckles has gone out of his way to chronicle two periods - what happened in
the 3,200-square-mile region before 1942 and what happened once the military
moved in. The stories he ties into the history provide extra insight that
brings many of the events and characters to life. Never before has so much
history and so many stories about White Sands been brought together in one
The book is available internationally online at Amazon Books. Locally it
can be found in Las Cruces at Coas Bookstores and the Mesilla Book Center.
In Alamogordo it is available at the Space Museum and the Tularosa Basin
Museum. At White Sands Missile Range it sells at the Museum Gift Shop.
The book retails for $25.