Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 07, 2011 13:00 ET

Canada's Recognition of Past and Present Peacekeepers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2011) - The National Peacekeepers' Day Remembrance Ceremony was held in Ottawa today to mark and honour former and current Canadian Peacekeepers at "Reconciliation," the National Peacekeeping Monument.

"Peacekeeping has a strong tradition in Canada, and is important to many Canadians," said Wayne Mac Culloch, President of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP). "This ceremony honours and remembers the men and women who have worked in the course of our country's peace efforts, and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in such service."

Coordinated by the Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) (CFSU(O)) in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and CAVUNP, this ceremony remembered the more than 125,000 Canadians who have laboured in the service of peace in the name of the United Nations since 1948, and honoured the 278 who have given their lives in such service.

This years' ceremony was presided over by Reviewing Officer Major-General Jonathan Vance, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff (SJS), and was attended by Canadian Forces Peacekeepers and their families. Numerous distinguished guests were also present, including Chief Superintendent Fleury, Director General of the RCMP's International Policing program, Capt(N) Mark Watson, Commandant CFSUO, and Suzanne Monaghan, President of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre.

The National Peacekeepers' Day Remembrance Ceremony is held every year on the Sunday closest to the 9th of August. On August 9th, 1974, nine Canadian peacekeepers lost their lives while serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel. This was the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on any peacekeeping mission.

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