Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 09, 2011 10:16 ET

Canada Marks National Peacekeepers' Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement on the occasion of National Peacekeepers' Day which is marked every year on August 9.

"The achievements of Canadian peacekeepers are well known and respected around the world. Our peacekeepers have made tremendous personal sacrifices to defend Canada's interests and values, while contributing to international peace and security. These men and women have earned their honoured place in our country's military history. Their commitment has earned Canada a worldwide reputation as a country that supports and protects peace.

National Peacekeepers' Day is an opportunity for Canadians to express pride in the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police forces, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and civilians who, past and present, support international and domestic peace and security operations.

Canada's peace support missions have helped restore peace and security in areas devastated by conflict. Our peacekeepers play a vital and significant role in achieving these objectives while demonstrating compassion and courage. Our government is proud to honour them."

For more information on Canada's role in international peacekeeping and peace support missions, please visit www.veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiries:
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468

    Jean-Christophe de le Rue
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649