King of Walks ‘poignant’ for soldiers
They’ve got quite the journey ahead of them. Next week, 190 marchers from the Canadian Forces will join 45,000people to walk 160 kilometres over four days in the Nijmegen Marches.
They’ve got quite the journey ahead of them.
Next week, 190 marchers from the Canadian Forces will join 45,000 people to walk 160 kilometres over four days in the Nijmegen Marches.
While just the thought of walking that far is enough to give some people sore feet, Master Corporal Lorinda Sherman is excited instead.
“The experience is going to be incredible,” said the first-time participant, who trained after work and on weekends.
The Canadian War Museum hosted the official send-off parade for Canadian Forces Nijmegen marchers yesterday.
The march, which Erik Boer of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands called the King of Walks, includes a stop at the Canadian war cemetery in Groesbeek, which was the final resting place of more than 2,300 Canadian soldiers during the Second World War.
The event is especially significant for Canadians, as it commemorates the contribution of Canadian soldiers to the liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, resulting in a meaningful friendship between the two countries.
The two countries share a lot of the same values, including freedom, said Boer.
The march is a test of physical strength and will, said Canadian War Museum director general Mark O’Neill.
The event is “poignant and moving” and “will have a dramatic impact on those who participate,” said Commander of the Canadian Operational Support Command Maj.-Gen. Mark McQuillan.