April 7, 2002


Dear Veterans of the Armed Forces, 200th and 515th Coast Artillery and all others engaged in Bataan,


I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and the appreciation of all citizens of the City of Albuquerque for your incredible acts of service 60 years ago. The Battle at Bataan-Corregidor, and the Bataan Death March incident, will never be wiped away from our nation's collective history and mind.


Your dedication and defiance in those jungles far away will always be remembered and held high as an example for all Americans. Look around you today...at the freedoms, at the beauty, and the people of the United States of America. I would offer that you and the fallen New Mexico soldiers helped create it through your heroic experiences at Bataan.


I hope that this memorial will adequately attest to the 200th and 515th Coast Artillery's soldiery, duty and sacrifice to this great nation. I hope that all citizens will find their way here to learn about your enormous contributions. Perhaps, with this account and history of Bataan-Corregidor, viewers might reflect on ways to rededicate themselves to acts of service for their community and country. You are truly inspirational.


Yours truly,


Martin J. Chavez