Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 16, 2008 11:12 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2008) - The contingent of some 205 Canadian Forces (CF) personnel participating in this year's Nijmegen Marches will pay their respects on July 17 at the Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 2,300 Canadian soldiers and airmen who died fighting to liberate the Netherlands in 1944 and 1945.

On the third day of marching, all the military contingents halt at Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery to pay their respects, and the larger contingents lay wreaths. These ceremonies take place around the Canadian ceremony, which many consider the most important event of the gruelling four-day marches. Each year, the inclusion of the Groesbeek Cemetery memorial service in the Nijmegen Marches demonstrates the extraordinary affection the Dutch and the international community have shown Canadians since the Second World War.

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

The Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen Nijmegen (International Four Days' Marches Nijmegen, or Nijmegen Marches) is a prestigious Dutch marching event in which Canadian military contingents have participated every year since 1952. This year, from July 15 to July 18 inclusive, a contingent of about 205 Canadian Forces members will take part in the Nijmegen Marches with more than 44,000 people, both civilian and military, from over 50 nations.

Notes to news and assignment editors:

Canadian media outlets can arrange interviews with Canadian Forces personnel in Nijmegen by contacting the Public Affairs Officer on location, Capt. VG Winter, at: 613-697-2963.

As still imagery of the Nijmegen Marches is obtained it will be posted on the Combat Camera website at: www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca

For information on Canadian Forces participation in the Nijmegen Marches, visit: http://www.forces.gc.ca

Additional information on the Groesbeek Memorial can be found on Veterans Affairs Canada website at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=memorials/ww2mem/groesbeek

For further information, visit the official website of the International Four Days Marches Nijmegen at http://www.4daagse.nl/index.asp?taal=en&pagina=homepagina&interactivepage

Contact Information

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