OTTAWA, Aug. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to mark National
"Canadian peacekeepers are internationally respected for the
unparalleled contributions they have made to peace and stability the
world over. Today, on National Peacekeepers' Day, I am honoured to
recognize their heroic efforts.
"For more than six decades, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces,
as well as civilians and diplomats, have worked together to maintain
peace and stability throughout the world.
"On August 9, 1974, nine Canadian Armed Forces members were killed when
their plane was shot down during a United Nations supply flight in the
Middle East. This remains the largest single-day loss for our country
during a peacekeeping mission. Today, we not only remember them, but
also the more than 275 Canadians who have lost their lives in
peace-support missions around the world.
"On behalf of a grateful nation, I offer heartfelt thanks to all
Canadians who have served as peacekeepers. Their achievements, courage
and commitment have made a profound difference in the lives of people
around the world."
For videos and resources on the contributions of Canadian peacekeepers,
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Veterans Affairs Canada
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs