Annual Harrodsburg event honors WWII veterans

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HARRODSBURG, KY (WKYT) - Harrodsburg took time Saturday to recognize brave men and women who served our country during World War II.

"When we go to war, we go to war as a country, as a nation. It's not just these individuals, it's their families, the town and community, that have chosen to make that sacrifice," said Major Jennifer Watson.

The community held its annual Bataan Memorial Day event honoring the WWII Harrodsburg Tanker unit that was subject to the Bataan Death March and P.O.W captivity.

"They went and fought in the Philippines, and then the Japanese came in, and they had to surrender," said Watson.

The Bataan Memorial Day event is held in remembrance of 66 tankers of veterans from Central Kentucky who participated in the Bataan Death March during WWII. Those soldiers had surrendered to the Japanese and were forced to march to prisoner-of-war camps.

"We all suffer some, but I don't think we have any idea of what it's like to be in a POW camp," said Zenah Teater, a veteran.

Only 37 of the 66 survived and the town of Harrodsburg honors the veterans annually. The ceremony featured 66 gun salutes.

"It's just a small town community. The 66 soldiers that we had are very rooted in this town. This town itself is very patriotic, said Sgt. 1st Class James Arnold.

The Bataan Memorial Day event also featured a 6.6 mile march and run and parade.

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