INAUGURAL VICTORY MARCH RAISES OVER $85,000 FOR BOOMER’S LEGACY
From May 1st to 9th, over 2,700 participants, including Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, Veterans and family and friends of the CAF community completed the Military Personnel Command’s first ever virtual Victory March.
The Victory March celebrates the long-standing friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, dating back to the Second World War when many Canadians fought and died during the liberation of the Netherlands. Through the inaugural Victory March, CAF members and Canadians commemorated these soldiers and celebrated the tradition of the Nijmegen Marches.
Many currently serving and retired CAF members participated in the Victory March, including Brigadier-General Peter Holt (Ret’d) and his son, Captain Robert Holt. Peter’s father, Captain Jack Holt, was one of the Canadian soldiers who liberated the Netherlands during World War II. They participated in the Victory March in uniform to honour the memory of Canadian soldiers.
“My favorite part was marching with my son,” Peter recalled of the March. “And telling stories of the many marches I have done in the past, plus a few stories about his grandfather’s experiences in World War II. It seemed like marching together in the Victory March was a good time to share those family stories.”
The Victory March was a huge success, raising over $85,000. Funds raised went to Boomer’s Legacy
, which helps our soldiers further assist in the communities they serve. These funds will be used for basic humanitarian needs, medical care and education.
Twelve-year-old Emerald Kingsbury, a top fundraiser and recipient of the Commander Military Personnel “Best Foot Forward” trophy, was inspired to participate by her neighbor. Recently retired Chief Warrant Officer, Brad Biggar, encouraged Emerald to keep going when she was tired.
“I learned that ‘mind over matter’ is not something that people just say, and because of that the 20 km the next day was much easier. I didn't get down or angry and I really enjoyed it,” Emerald recalled.
Brad drew on his past participation in the Nijmegen Marches for inspiration: “I have always liked to share with others my experiences of the marches in Nijmegen. Spending time marching in Holland and experiencing the gratitude and respect from the Dutch community is not something that can be forgotten nor can you ever really describe it. It is just empowering. Doing the March here in Canada was a chance to share a bit of what it feels like.”
Participating in the March was so memorable for Emerald that she already has big plans for next year. “Being able to share that experience with Brad, the other Veterans and Mounties on our team was amazing. I plan to do the Nijmegen and Victory March next year, so I hope Brad is ready!”