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Annual opportunity for a Legionnaire to participate in the Nijmegen Marches

Each year, Dominion Command of The Royal Canadian Legion invites Legion Members to apply for an opportunity to participate in the world’s largest walking/marching event held in mid-July in the Nijmegen area of Holland. A call for applications is announced to Provincial Commands and Branches in December each year.

Applications for the 2020 Nijmegen Marches are now closed. An announcement for the 2021 Nijmegen Marches is expected to be made in December 2020.

There are some expenses involved for the Legion member such as the purchase of marching boots, personal medical coverage, and travel to and from the departure airport.

 

POLICY

The parameters listed below constitute the Dominion Command policy on having a Legionnaire attend the event as a representative of the Legion. They are:

a. Must be a Legion member in good standing in the year for which he or she applies to attend;

b. Must have the endorsement of the Branch and Command to which he or she belongs;

c. Must be physically fit and able to perform the required preparation training;

d. Must be acceptable by the Department of National Defence for participation;

e. Must be able to handle own costs for medical, transport, accommodation and meals should he or she become sick or unable to participate at any time after starting the trip to Nijmegen;

f. Must be in possession of a complete and proper Legion uniform as defined in the Ritual and Insignia manual (Chapter 1);

g. Must wear the Legion uniform as prescribed in the general by-laws when participating in events such as wreath laying ceremonies, receptions, etc.;

h. Must be responsible for the provision of all materials and documents required by the Department of National Defence;

i. Must be responsible for all costs and expenses not covered by the CAF; and

j. Must have a current up-to-date passport with at least six months remaining on it after the end of the event.

The Nijmegen March is a grueling 4 day affair that requires a high level of fitness which is achieved only through training. The selected candidate must ensure that they follow a training regime, starting in April that will allow them to complete the following two minimum standards prior to the Nijmegen 4-day march:

a. March a minimum of 500 km with a 10 kg pack over the training period; and

b. March at least two 40 km marching days on successive days.

Should you have any questions, please contact your Provincial Command.