WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT, N.M.—Visitor fees will be waived Sunday at White Sands National Monument in honor of those participating in the annual Bataan Memorial Death March.

Monument officials say family and friends of march participants will be able to explore the famous white dunes while marchers complete one of two courses on the neighboring White Sands Missile Range.

The longer of the two routes stretches across 26.2 miles of high desert terrain.

Last year, nearly 7,000 people participated.

The Bataan Memorial Death March honors the World War II soldiers who suffered during the April 1942 march after thousands of American and Filipino service members surrendered to Japanese forces. Many died during the 80-mile march or became prisoners of war.

Around 1,800 New Mexico National Guard members endured the march.


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