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Friday, April 18, 2014, 4:27 p.m.

Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 PA will hold its 10th annual Bataan Death March Memorial Ride on April 26.

The ride remembers the 11,700 American soldiers and 65,000 Filipino allies who fought a vastly superior Japanese force without food, ammunition or medical supplies and with no chance of relief in the early months of World War II.

The ride will leave at 11 a.m. from American Legion Post 51 at 508 Main St., Uniontown, and travel around Fayette County, stopping at various honor roll monuments to present new American and POW/MIA flags.

The soldiers “fought overwhelming odds for months until ordered to surrender by their commanding officers who hoped to save lives,” a spokesman said. “The surrender did not save lives. After the surrender, American and Filipino soldiers were force-marched without food or water for up to 111 miles through the extremely hot Philippine jungle to prisoner of war camps.”

As many as 700 Americans and 10,000 Filipinos died or were executed on the march. The high death toll continued at the camps for 2 12 years.

All bikers are welcome to participate in the ride, which is open to four-wheel vehicles.

The ride will finish around 4 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Gallatin Avenue extension, where refreshments and food will be provided.

For information, contact Ken White at 734-455-1241 or Ron Metros at 724-322-6570.

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