Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 09, 2011 22:00 ET

Minister John Duncan Honours Canadian Peacekeepers at Ceremony in Victoria

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island, 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. The event honoured the sacrifices of peacekeeping Veterans and paid tribute to fallen Canadian Forces members.

"Canada has a long and proud history and tradition of peacekeeping," said Minister Blaney. "Generations of courageous Canadian men and women have defended and restored peace around the world."

"In Canada, August 9 is dedicated to remembering the contributions, commitments and personal sacrifices of past and present peacekeepers," said Minister Duncan. "Since 2008, when National Peacekeepers' Day became an officially recognized observance in Canada, it has provided an opportunity to reflect on the difference that peacekeeping has made."

Today marks the 19th annual Peacekeeping Memorial Day ceremony in Victoria. The ceremony honours 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 is organized by the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans Association.

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

Contact Information

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    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
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