SENATOR YEE ISSUES STATEMENT ON 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF BATAAN DEATH MARCH

SACRAMENTO – Today during Senate Session, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) will speak on the 70th Anniversary of the fall of the Bataan peninsula in the Philippines during WWII.  Yee represents the largest Filipino community outside of the Philippines and he has long fought for full recognition and benefits for Filipino WWII veterans. Yee issued the following statement:

“Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Bataan Death March, in which over 63,000 Filipino and 12,000 American soldiers were forced to march nearly 60 miles in severe heat and without food, water, or medicine after their defeat to the Imperial Japanese Army. Thousands of Filipino and American soldiers were killed as a result of this war crime. While these troops were defeated at Bataan, their incredible determination and bravery stopped the momentum of the Japanese invasion of US military bases in the Pacific. As Americans, we must remember their sacrifice and honor their contribution. In particular, we must remember that without the help of these Filipino soldiers, the course of American history may have been quite different.  We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Filipino veterans, who unfortunately to this day, have still not received their fair share of military benefits and proper recognition.”

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