Nijmegen Marches have begun

It was a short walk from the Medley terminal to a waiting aircraft for the 4 Wing Nijmegen team.
Photo by Jeff Gaye

Jeff Gaye

Every long journey begins with a single step.

For the members of 4 Wing’s team for the Four Days Marches in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, the very first step may be hard to remember. But after seven or eight hundred kilometres of training, the team has finally set out on its mission.

The 12 team members left Cold Lake early last Thursday morning for Europe, where they have since been involved in important commemorations at Canadian war memorials. The Nijmegen march begins today (Tuesday) and continues to Friday.

More than 47,000 civilian and military participants will march 40 kilometres per day for four consecutive days.

WO Mike Linthorne, a member of the 4 Wing team, says the march has been on his bucket list for some time. “I’m in my forties, and it’s something I want to tick off before I get out of the Forces. There’s a couple of other people in the same boat.”

He said he’s motivated to represent Canada at the international event.

“It stems back to World War II when Canada liberated the Netherlands,” he said. “We lost a lot of people there, so it’s a historic event and a very proud moment for everyone to be involved in