Invitation to participate in the inaugural Victory March

Photo: Father and son, Bruce (right) and Derick Blanchard, march side-by-side during Day 3 of the marches at Groesbeek in the Netherlands on July 21, 2016. Credit: LS Brad Upshall, 12 Wing Imaging Services, Shearwater, N.S

Father and son, Bruce (right) and Derick Blanchard, march side-by-side during Day 3 of the marches at Groesbeek in the Netherlands on July 21, 2016. Credit: LS Brad Upshall, 12 Wing Imaging Services, Shearwater, N.S

This year would have been Canada’s 69th year of providing a marching contingent in the annual International Four Days Marches Nijmegen. However, as our Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Joint Task Force (JTF) Nijmegen members were preparing to participate in the 104th edition of this historic march in the Netherlands, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to its cancellation for the second year in a row.

To ensure the continued spirit of CAF participation in the Nijmegen marches, Military Personnel Command / Chief of Military Personnel has created the Victory March as an official CAF-led event.

The “Victory March”

The “Victory March” initiative enables anyone to celebrate the history of friendship between the Netherlands and Canada in support of Boomer’s Legacy.

Boomer’s Legacy empowers Canadian Armed Forces soldiers, sailors, and aviators to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to people wherever and whenever Canadian Armed Forces members are deployed. The charity does this through funds raised. 

Military women and men across the country will take part May 4 and 5 as part of their required training, and will complete a 2 x 20 kilometre weighted (10kg) ruck march in their own towns and cities.

Other participants can march from May 1 to 9 with a march of their choice:

  • Family March 2 x 2 km 
  • Boomer’s Friendship March 2 x 5km                 
  • Gift of the Tulips March 2 x 10km              
  • Liberation March 2 x 20 km             
  • JTF Nijmegen Commander’s Challenge (with 10kg weight) 2 x 20km              

Register here:

https://raceroster.com/events/2021/38945/victory-march-la-marche-de-la-victoire?locale=en_US and includes the option to make a donation to Boomer’s Legacy.

Upon completion of the Victory March, participants receive the Military Personnel Command coin to remember the experience.

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