Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 09, 2011 19:30 ET

Member of Parliament Jacques Gourde Honours Peacekeepers in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - Jacques Gourde, Member of Parliament for Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today participated in a ceremony marking National Peacekeepers' Day in Quebec City. The ceremony, held at the Monument de la Bravoure located in Place George V, brought together Veterans and Canadian Forces members who have served in various peacekeeping missions abroad.

"Today, we are honouring these Canadians who, through their work, have made a real difference in the war-torn communities where they were posted," said Minister Blaney. "Canada has a long and proud history in peacekeeping, and together we celebrate the work accomplished by our peacekeepers."

"August 9 is a day dedicated to remembering the contributions and the commitment of past and present peacekeepers from our community," said Member of Parliament Jacques Gourde. "Since the official creation of National Peacekeepers' Day in Canada in 2008, this celebration has allowed us to reflect on the great work done by our peacekeepers around the world."

This ceremony was the first time a National Peacekeepers' Day ceremony was held at Quebec City's Monument de la Bravoure since its unveiling in 2010. The ceremony paid tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces, Canadian diplomats and civilians, all of whom are indispensable to peacekeeping. It was organized jointly by the Veterans UN/NATO group, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 265, the Quebec Aboriginal Veterans Association and Veterans Affairs Canada.

For more information on the Canada Remembers Program, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at veterans.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • 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