Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 04, 2011 10:32 ET

Media Advisory: National Peacekeepers' Day Remembrance Ceremony in the National Capital Region on August 7th, 2011

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2011) - Media representatives are invited to participate in the National Peacekeepers' Day Remembrance Ceremony at the Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa, August 7, at 11 a.m.

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

When: Sunday, August 7th, 11 a.m.

Where: National Peacekeepers Monument, Sussex Drive, Ottawa.

What: To honour Canadian Peacekeepers who have served in zones of conflict around the world.

Attendants will include Major-General Jonathan Vance, Director of Staff, Strategic Joint Staff (SJS); Chief Superintendent Fleury, Director General of the RCMP's International Policing program, Capt(N) Mark Watson, Commandant Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa); 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, serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel lost their lives. This was the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission.

Note to Editors / News Directors:

  • The entrance will be on St-Patrick St. across from the National Gallery of Canada. Media are asked to arrive no later than 10:45 a.m. with appropriate dress and media identification.

  • Canadian Peacekeepers will be available for interviews following the ceremony.

  • A special location has been reserved for media but television networks will be asked to pool for closer access and imagery of members on parade.

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