Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 12, 2010 14:23 ET

Media Advisory: Minister of National Defence Trains for the Nijmegen Marches

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Media are invited to a photo opportunity with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, as they train with Canadian Forces (CF) members in preparation for the 94th annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen.

The Nijmegen marches is a prestigious long-distance marching event in the Netherlands that Canadian military contingents have participated in since 1952. Between July 20th and July 23rd, CF marchers will cover 160 km through the Dutch countryside, each carrying a pack weighing at least 10 kg. The event is not only a test of physical fitness and stamina, but also helps develop leadership skills and camaraderie amongst the Canadian Forces, and other participating nations. Both Minister MacKay and Mr. Hawn will be participating in the Nijmegen march of this year.

When: 13 July, 2010 at 7:30am

Where: Confederation Park, Ottawa, Ontario.

What: Photo opportunity with the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, and Laurie Hawn, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, marching a 6km walk with CF members along the Rideau Canal. All members, including the Minister will be wearing standard combat clothing and carrying a military backpack weighing at least 10 kg.

Notes to editor / news director: Media are requested to meet at Confederation Park at 7:20am. For a scenic shot of the team marching, media are advised to arrive at the Corktown Footbridge (Rideau Canal Pedestrian Bridge at Somerset Street) at 7:30am. Parking for media is available at Cartier Square Drill Hall. For more information, please contact Linda Coleman at 613-992-4452, Joint Task Force Nijmegen Public Affairs Officer.

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