Air force officer

Lieut. Mary Valair

A Vernon air force officer will honour her grandfather by marching in the Netherlands next week.

Lieut. Mary Valair, logistics officer at 17 Wing Winnipeg, will participate in the upcoming 103rd Four Day March, which starts Tuesday in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Hailing from Vernon, Valair earned a university education at the Royal Military College, then joined the Canadian Armed Forces to gain a sense of independence, have the opportunity for extensive and purposeful travel, and to give back to her country.

The Nijmegen Four Day March began in 1909 with the Dutch military aiming to increase the long-distance marching and weight-carrying capacity of infantry soldiers. It has now grown into an international event.

Valair chose to participate in the march to pursue a meaningful challenge and to honour her grandfather, who spent three months in Nijmegen during the liberation of the Netherlands in the Second World War.

Participants who complete the march receive an official Dutch decoration, which Valair hopes to give to her grandfather on her return to Canada.

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