Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 22, 2009 11:06 ET

Media Advisory: Nijmegen Marchers to Honour the Fallen at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - On July 23, 2009, the Canadian Forces contingent of 270 personnel participating in the 93rd Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandmarsen Nijmegen (International Four-Day Marches Nijmegen) will visit the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery to pay their respects to some 2,338 Canadian soldiers and airmen who died in the battles to liberate the Netherlands in 1944 and 1945.

Location: Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery and Memorial,
Groesbeek, Netherlands

Date: July 23, 2009

Start time: 12:00 (noon) a.m.

The parade will be addressed by:
- The CF contingent padres

On the third day of the Nijmegen Marches, all the participating military contingents halt at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery for memorial ceremonies. Many Canadian Forces members consider their visit to Groesbeek the most important part of the strenuous four-day march, as it represents the extraordinary affection Canadians have received from the international community and the Dutch people in particular since the end of the Second World War.

Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery is the largest gathering of Canadian war dead in the Netherlands. As well as 2,338 Canadian graves, the cemetery contains the Groesbeek Memorial, which commemorates 1,103 members of the forces of the British Commonwealth who died during the campaign in North-West Europe and who have no known grave.

Notes for news and assignment editors:

Media agencies can request interviews with Canadian Forces personnel in Nijmegen by contacting the Media Liaison Office at 1-866-377-0811 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

Canadian Forces Combat Camera posts B-roll video and still photos of the Nijmegen Marches at for B-roll and for stills.

For further information, visit the official website of the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen at

Contact Information

  • Information: 1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353
    After hours: 613-792-2973