OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 21, 2014) - The Royal Canadian Legion announced that Comrades Daniel Demers from Legion Branch #11 Lacolle et district Saint-Blaise-sur-Richelieu, Quebec and Andre Wesseling from Legion Branch #88 Maple Ridge, British Colombia will be representing the Legion at the 98th annual Nijmegen March held in the Netherlands between 15 and 18 July 2014.
"Every year we receive dozens of applications from our members to participate in this march on behalf of the Legion," says Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President Gordon Moore. "We are pleased that both Mr. Demers and Wesseling with more than 29 years of faithful service in the Legion between the two of them, submitted their applications and we are confident that they will be excellent ambassadors for the Legion and Canada on this march," adds Moore.
"The Legion's interest in the Canadian Armed Forces Nijmegen March Team extends back almost ten years when it began making an annual grant of approximately $8,000.00 to the Canadian Armed Forces' team to enable them to visit Vimy Ridge" says Mr. Moore. "Since 2004, the CAF 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 www.4daagse.nl/en/.
ABOUT THE LEGION
Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.
The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 460 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.
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