Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 07, 2011 14:15 ET

Member of Parliament Lee Richardson Honours Canadian Peacekeepers at Ceremony in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2011) - Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today joined Veterans, Canadian Forces members, community leaders and members of the public for the Peacekeeping Memorial Day ceremony held in Peacekeeper Park. The event honoured the sacrifices of peacekeeping Veterans and paid tribute to fallen Canadian Forces members.

"Canada is renowned for its history of peacekeeping," said Minister Blaney. "I encourage Canadians to join me today as we pay tribute to Canadian men and women who have served as peacekeepers, whether in the Forces, in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in provincial or municipal police services, or as diplomats."

"This year's celebration is unique in that the Seventh Book of Remembrance is on display at the Military Museums of Calgary," said Mr. Richardson. "The tour of this book gives Canadians an opportunity to see a tangible piece of Canada's commitment to remembrance and provides them with a sense of what the Books of Remembrance represent and why they were created."

Today's ceremony honoured Canada's Armed Forces, Canadian diplomats, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces and civilians who all take part in peacekeeping efforts, and was organized by the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping. The Seventh Book of Remembrance, which records the names of Canadian Forces service men and women whose death is attributable to military service since 1947, was on display at the Military Museums of Calgary throughout the day.

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

Contact Information

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    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
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    Codie Taylor
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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