The Honourable John Duncan Participates in National Peacekeepers' Day
Ceremony in Victoria
VICTORIA, BC, Aug. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister of State John Duncan
and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, joined members of
the British Columbia Chapter of the Canadian Peacekeeping Veterans
Association and members from Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, at the
B.C. Legislature Building for a National Peacekeepers' Day ceremony.
This year marks the 50th year of United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Cyprus. Canada's
contribution has not been without sacrifice—28 Canadian personnel lost
their lives serving as part of the mission.
National Peacekeepers' Day was first established in 2008, and August 9th was chosen to coincide with the greatest single-day loss of Canadian
lives on a peacekeeping mission. It was on August 9th, 1974, that all
nine Canadian peacekeepers aboard a United Nations-marked Canadian
transport aircraft were killed during a regular resupply mission in the
Middle East when their plane was shot down by Syrian missiles.
More than 125,000 Canadians have served on peacekeeping missions over
the past six decades—a record unsurpassed by any nation.
Since the late 1940s, Canadian peacekeepers have served overseas in a
variety of United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and
other multinational task forces.
"Today we come together to honour Canadian peacekeepers and mark their
significant contributions to peacekeeping missions throughout the
world. On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our nation's profound
gratitude for the achievements, courage, and commitment of Canada's
peacekeepers, as well as our steadfast support for all Canadian
Veterans and their families."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"Canadian peacekeepers, from our men and women in military uniform to
our police officers, diplomats and aid workers, have proudly served
wherever they have been needed. They bring hope and security to
individuals who have only known fear and violence. Our government is
grateful for their service and dedication to ensuring that troubled
regions, across the globe, live in peace and freedom."
The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of State and Member of Parliament
for Vancouver Island North
"Peacekeeping is a unique opportunity for the military to utilize their
war like training and service for the cause of world peace. National
Peacekeepers' Day demonstrates that the price of peace is not cheap."
Jim MacMillan-Murphy, President, B.C. Chapter Canadian Peacekeeping
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada