Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 12, 2013 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Armed Forces Nijmegen Contingent Pay Their Respects at Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 12, 2013) - On July 13, 2013, a Canadian contingent of 210 participants will stop in Arras, France, to commemorate the sacrifice of more than 66 000 Canadian service personnel who died during the First World War. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) contingent is on their way to the Netherlands to participate in the 97th annual International Four Days Marches in Nijmegen.

When: July 13 at 11 a.m. Central European Summer Time (5 a.m. EDT).
Where: Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Arras, France.
What: A CAF contingent will participate in a memorial ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on Vimy Ridge.
On behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion, Comrade Chris Blondin will lay a wreath at the Memorial.

Attending the event will be the following VIPs: Wladyslaw Lizon, Member of Parliament for Mississauga - East Cooksville; Brian Macdonald, Member of New Brunswick's Legislative Assembly; Honorary Colonel Elisabeth Rybak of 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's); Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Sol Rolingher of 1 Military Police Regiment (Edmonton); Shawn MacDougall of Veterans Affairs Canada; Comrade Chris Blondin of the Royal Canadian Legion; and Constable Sheila Vanstone and Constable Greig Vadenberge of the Vancouver Police Department.

Notes to editor / news director: For more information or interview requests with CAF personnel at Vimy Ridge, please contact Captain Valérie Lanouette, Joint Task Force Nijmegen Public Affairs Officer at 1-613-894-0498 or

Still imagery will be available on the Canadian Forces Image Gallery at:

Imagery and stories from the Nijmegen Marches will be posted on the following website:

For more information about the CAF's participation in the Nijmegen Marches, please consult the following link:

For the most recent news stories, videos and photos of CAF training and participation in the Nijmegen Marches, media can visit the official Facebook page at:

Contact Information

  • For interview requests with CAF personnel at Vimy Ridge:
    Captain Valerie Lanouette
    Joint Task Force Nijmegen Public Affairs Officer

    Information: 1-866-377-0811 / (613) 996-2353