Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 08, 2008 22:03 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence for National Peacekeepers' Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, issued the following statement today for National Peacekeepers' Day:

"It is with much pride that the Government of Canada recognizes the courageous Canadians who have served and continue to serve this country in support of peace around the world. This year, the Government enacted National Peacekeepers' Day into law, forever commemorating the contribution of those who have served overseas in this capacity since 1948. We are grateful for their dedication to duty and the welfare of others, and for their exemplary representation of Canada abroad.

For more than 60 years, Canada has been contributing to world peace and security by assisting nations in conflict regain and rebuild civil society after a period of strife. On over 66 missions, Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen and airwomen have promoted stability, provided humanitarian aid and rebuilt critical infrastructure, ensuring future prosperity for people whose lives had been torn apart.

Canadian Forces personnel are continuing that tradition in places as far away as The Balkans, Haiti and Africa. Around the world, Canadian Forces personnel continue to make a meaningful contribution to global security in an unpredictable, often volatile, world.

The nature of peacekeeping, like the nature of conflict, has changed over the years, but the goal remains the same - to bring peace, freedom and security to people around the world.

All Canada's peacekeepers should be proud of their achievements."

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