OTTAWA, ON, 27 April 2015 – The Royal Canadian Legion announced that Comrade Jacqueline Mae Johnson from Sackville Legion Branch #26 from Westcock, New Brunswick will be representing the Legion at the 99th annual Nijmegen March held in the Netherlands between 21 and 24 July 2015.
“Every year we receive dozens of applications from our members to participate in this march on behalf of the Legion,” says Royal Canadian Legion Dominion President Tom Eagles. “We are pleased that Ms. Johnson, with more than 22 years of military service, who hiked the Camino de Santiago (800Km) trek in Northern Spain in 2013, submitted her application and we are confident that she will be an excellent ambassador for the Legion and Canada on this march. She is the first female Legionnaire to participate on this team at this international event,” adds Eagles.
“The Legion’s interest in the Canadian Armed Forces Nijmegen March Team extends back almost eleven years when it began making an annual grant to the Canadian Armed Forces’ team to enable them to visit Vimy Ridge” says Mr. Eagles. “Since 2004, the CAF has reciprocated by welcoming the participation of a Legionnaire in the team at CF expense,” adds Eagles.
The Nijmegen March, is labeled one of the world’s largest walking/marching events and is held in the Nijmegen area of Holland in mid-July every year. For the military it entails four days of walking more than 40kms per day with a 10kgs backpack for each soldier. Historically, more than 7,000 military from all over the world participate in this event and an additional 40,000 civilians also take part without the backpack requirement. For more information on this event, please visit the official website of the Nijmegen March at www.4daagse.nl/en/.
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For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.