Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Forces Contingent to Honour the Fallen at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 20, 2011) - On July 21, the Canadian Forces (CF) contingent participating in the 95th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen will visit the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands. The contingent, composed of over 200 marchers and 25 members of the Air Command Band, will stop halfway through their daily 40 km walk to pay their respects to some 2,338 Canadian soldiers and airmen who died in the various battles to liberate the Netherlands in 1944 and 1945.

When: July 21 at 12:00 (noon) Central European Summer Time (6:00 a.m. EDT).
Where: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial,
Groesbeek, Netherlands.
What: CF contingent will participate in a parade at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery.

Attending the event will be the following VIPs: Rear-Admiral Andy Smith, Chief Military Personnel and CF sponsor for the contingent; Brigadier-General John C. Madower, the CF Contingent Commander; the Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Edmonton Centre; Mr. Blaine Calkins, M.P. for Wetaskiwin, Alberta; Honorary Colonel Dennis Erker, Loyal Edmonton Regiment; Colonel J. Hausmann, U.S. Defence Attaché to Canada; as well as Sergeant (Ret'd) Joe Brink of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Notes to editor / news director: For more information and / or interview requests with CF personnel at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, please contact Captain Rob Bungay, Joint Task Force Nijmegen Public Affairs Officer at 613-818-2697 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:

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