Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 18, 2009 08:00 ET

Media Advisory: Canadian Forces Nijmegen Marchers to Visit Vimy Ridge

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 18, 2009) - On July 19, 2009, the Canadian Forces contingent of 270 personnel on their way to the Netherlands for the 93rd Nijmegen Marches will stop in France to hold a memorial ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial on Vimy Ridge.

The visit to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, the largest Canadian overseas war memorial, is sponsored by the Royal Canadian Legion. It is part of the CF contingent's Nijmegen itinerary to commemorate the sacrifice of more than 66,000 Canadian service personnel who died during the First World War.



Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy, France

Date: July 19, 2009

Start time: 10:00 a.m. local time


The parade will be addressed by: MGen. Mark McQuillan, CF Contingent Commander

Canadian military teams have taken part in the Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandmarsen Nijmegen (International Four-Day Marches Nijmegen) every year since 1952. During the four days of marching, which take place this year from July 21 to July 24, all military participants must walk 160 km while carrying a standard military pack weighing at least 10 kg. The Nijmegen Marches is also the world's largest walking event, attracting thousands of civilian participants as well as hundreds of other military teams. This year, the town of Nijmegen expects some 45,000 marchers from more than 50 nations and over a million spectators.

Notes to news and assignment editors:

Media agencies can request interviews with Canadian Forces personnel in Nijmegen by contacting the Media Liaison Office at 866-377-0811 or 613-996-2353.

Imagery, information and stories on the Canadian Forces participation in the Nijmegen Marches will be posted on the CEFCOM Website at http://www.cefcom-comfec.forces.gc.ca

B-roll and imagery of the ceremony will be available on the Combat Camera website at www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

Information about the Canadian National Vimy Memorial is available on the Veterans Affairs Canada website at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=memorials/ww1mem/Vimy&CFID=1937544& CFTOKEN=88837832

For more information on the Nijmegen Marches, visit the official website at http://www.4daagse.nl/index.php/en.html

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