Las Cruces Magazine

Fall/Winter 2015-16

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Fall/Winter Edition I 43 Heroes Among Us Fall/Winter Edition 2015-16 I 43 Top, left: Bataan survivor Col. Ben Skardon marches with Ben's Brigade, a group of family, friends, and former Clemson University students. Top, middle: Survivor Harold Bergbower is thanked by a Wounded Warrior marching in the event. Top, right: Survivors and their family members in a moment of silence at the pre-dawn opening ceremony. Middle, right: Survivor Paul Kerchum pauses for a moment from shaking hundreds of hands during the beginning of the march. Bottom, right: Survivors are the celebrities at the annual march. Bottom, middle: Vietnam veteran Fred Schneider at the dedication of the new Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Memorial Park. Bottom, left: A military marcher about to cross the finish line. Middle, left: Skardon poses three miles into his annual 8.5 mile pilgrimage to honor his fellow POWs. honoring brave the Las Cruces, a city steeped in military history, knows how to honor its veterans. Monuments, commemorative ceremonies on Veterans and Memorial Day, and events like the Bataan Memorial Death March are just some of the ways we show our appreciation to those who served our country. Written by Cheryl A. Fallstead Photography by Cheryl A. and Brian Fallstead The Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range draws both survivors of the World War II atrocity as well as competitors from across the country and around the world. Thank you to Bud Russo for additional reporting.

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