The most important thing about the April 13 Rucksack March isn’t that participants complete the four-hour hike. The most important thing is to spread awareness of the support groups that exist to help those with an OSI (Operational Stress Injury), PTSD, anxiety, depression or substance abuse.
Todd Muise, who organizes the event with Andre Boudreau, says last year’s inaugural march drew participants from as far away as Halifax.
“We had representatives from those presently serving in the military, veterans, RCMP, fire departments, corrections officers, nurses, doctors and others,” he said.
He’s hoping for the same turnout this year and that people challenge themselves to a good hike and show their support.
The event provides information on OSISS Operational Stress Injury Social Support, Rally Point Retreat, Atlantic Hero's, Lures for Vets, Greenwood Family Resource Center, Our Legions, Veterans Affairs, Veterans Transition Network, Music Healing Veterans, Soldier On and Wounded Warrior.
“These are some of the organizations out there to help those with an OSI,” said Muise. “The main thing is to talk about it and let those that are dealing with an OSI that they are not alone.”
The march starts at the Yarmouth Legion Branch 61, located at 75 Parade St.
Participants will be escorted by the RCMP and 84th Independent Field Battery with the Yarmouth Fire Department in the rear.
All are welcome, they are just asked to keep up with the pace. Dropping out at any time is permitted.
The walk takes roughly four hours for the 15 km. and participants try to keep in a group. There are water breaks throughout the event provided by cadets.
At Maple Grove school, homage is paid to the Afghanistan monument on site, there is a quick water and washroom break then the trek back begins.
At 1 p.m. the group arrives back at the legion and a reception is held inside with several speakers.
More details about the Rucksack March
March is on Saturday, April 13, starting at 9 a.m. Rucksack is optional
To register, email (no registration fee)
Donations welcome in support of Rally Point Retreat Sable River, Shelburne County
Event sponsored by Yarmouth Legion Branch 61 and Wedgeport Legion Branch 155