The Royal Canadian Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion

May 23, 2013 08:00 ET

Legion Selects Candidate for Annual Nijmegen March

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 23, 2013) - The Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President, Mr. Gordon Moore, announced that Comrade J. Chris Blondin from Legion Branch 383 in Tara, Ontario will be representing the Legion at the annual Nijmegen March held in the Netherlands between 16 and 19 July 2013.

"Every year we receive dozens of applications from our members to participate in this march on behalf of The Royal Canadian Legion," says Moore. "We are pleased that Mr. Blondin, a Veteran and Legion member since 1991, submitted his application and we are confident that he will be an excellent ambassador for the Legion on this march," adds Moore.

"The Legion's interest in the Canadian Forces Nijmegen March Team extends back almost ten years when it began making an annual grant of approximately $8,000.00 to the Canadian Forces' team to enable them to visit Vimy Ridge" says Mr. Moore. "Since 2004, the CF has reciprocated by welcoming the participation of a Legionnaire in the team at CF expense," adds Mr. Moore.

The Nijmegen March, is labeled one of the world's largest walking/marching events and is held in the Nijmegen area of Holland in mid-July every year. For the military it entails four days of walking more than 40kms per day with a 10kgs backpack for each soldier. Historically, more than 7,000 military from all over the world participate in this event and an additional 40,000 civilians also take part without the backpack requirement. For more information on this event, please visit the official website of the Nijmegen March at

About the Legion

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans service organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members and their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Officers can assist and represent CF members Veterans, RCMP members and their families regarding disability claims or related issues with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board (VRAB).

In communities across Canada, it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies, With more than 1,450 branches, The Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans housing, Long Term Care, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts. We will Remember Them.

Contact Information

  • Bruce Poulin
    Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion
    (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760