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Held the second Sunday in September, as it has every year since 1942, the Maywood Bataan Day Memorial, is one of the longest continuous war memorials in Chicagoland. The service will be at Veterans Memorial Park, Maywood, Illinois. Of the 89 men of Company “B” who left the US in 1941, from a Maywood National Guard unit, only 43 would return from the war.
A concert of military music will begin at 2:30pm, courtesy of the Navy Ceremonial Band, Great Lakes. The service begins promptly at 3pm. Keynote speaker this year is Stephen Gibson, MBDO Director, whose father Emmett Gibson, was the first Battle of Bataan survivor to return to Maywood, and who later became a Maywood Police officer before passing away at the age of 41 in 1958
Additional speakers include Wayne Wagner, Past Department Commander, American Legion of Illinois, as well as Alena Grace S. Borra, Consul, Philippine Consul General in Chicago, and The Honorable Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins.