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Posted on: September 15, 2023

New Special Exhibit to Open at MacArthur Memorial

NORFOLK, Va. – On Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. the MacArthur Memorial in downtown Norfolk will open a new exhibit: The Price of Unpreparedness: POWs in the Philippines during World War II.

The opening event for The Price of Unpreparedness will feature a brief program and a ribbon cutting. Several former survivors – children at the time of their captivity – will be present.  The event and exhibit are FREE, but registration is encouraged. The Price of Unpreparedness will remain on exhibit through Spring 2025. 

Within five months of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan's empire expanded to include 110 million new subjects and over 132,000 prisoners of war. In the Philippines, 20,000 American and 70,000 Filipino personnel were surrendered and taken into captivity. 8,000 Allied civilians were also incarcerated. The Price of Unpreparedness documents the nightmare these men, women, and children endured for the next three and a half years.

Those fortunate to survive had one question after liberation: “What is the price of unpreparedness?” The Price of Unpreparedness explores that question while sharing this little-known chapter in American and Philippine history.

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