Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 08, 2008 12:40 ET

Media Advisory: First National Peacekeepers' Day to Be Observed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - The media are invited to a ceremony in Ottawa with the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and local peacekeeping Veterans to mark the first official National Peacekeepers' Day.

The day became official when Bill C-287 received Royal Assent this past June. August 9 has particular significance. It was on this day in 1974 that nine Canadian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel were killed. Their aircraft was downed by Syrian air defence missiles while preparing to land at Damascus. It still represents the single largest loss of life in one day by Canadian peacekeepers.

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2008

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Peacekeeping Monument
Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

National Peacekeepers' Day is meant to recognize not only members of the Canadian Forces, but also members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police forces, as well as members of our diplomatic corps and civilians who have supported international peace and security operations at home and abroad.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications