Defence Team News – July 24, 2019

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The 103rd Nijmegen International
Four-Days Marches saw a contingent of 14 Canadian
Armed Forces teams march through the Dutch
countryside and towns around the city of Nijmegen. During the marches we spoke to a member
of the Canadian contingent to learn more about the CAF’s
67th year of participation in this enduring
international event! The Nijmegen Marches is
a very personal thing for me. I led the team last year
and I led the team this year, and this year was extraordinary. I found that
even within one year, such an increase in crowds and positivity, and energy, and just from learning Dutch
to speak with the locals and singing with other teams, it was really an experience where we were all just one,
happy Earth, so it was very powerful
and moving. Canadian Armed Forces members
recently attended the Bastille Day independence
celebrations in France and another event marking
the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Mondeville by the Canadian Army
during the Second World War. We spoke to one of the Canadian
Armed Forces attendees, LCdr Bruno Tremblay,
about the importance of honouring
these commemorations to the French
and Canadian militaries. I am LCdr Bruno Tremblay, one of the five Canadian
Armed Forces members posted to the Rapid Reaction
Corps Headquarters in Lille, France
in the summer 2017. Rapid Reaction Corps France is
one of the nine NATO deployable, multinational headquarters, as part of the NATO Force
Structure, ready to go out there and lead a mission
of up to 60,000 troops. One of the things I like best
in this posting is to be able to work
with thirteen other nations. Diversity is our strength,
so we can walk together, learn something from each other and build something better
all together. One of the side benefits
of working and serving in Europe as a Canadian
Armed Forces member is to learn so much
of our own history. We learn our history from books,
but it’s a bit abstract. Being here, seeing all the sites where Canada’s history has been
made, that makes it so real. ♪ ♪

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  1. James Mac says:

    👍🏻 👍🏻 👍🏻

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