NATIONAL PEACEKEEPERS’ DAY (credit: Canada, forces.gc.ca)

Established in 2008, National Peacekeepers’ Day honours personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces, as well as Canadian diplomats and civilians who have worked in support of international peace and security operations.

August 9th was chosen as National Peacekeepers’ Day to “recognize the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission which occurred on that date in 1974.  All nine Canadian peacekeepers who were on a United Nations marked Canadian transport aircraft were killed when their plane was shot down by Syrian missiles during a regular resupply mission in the Middle East.  It was the largest single day loss of Canadian Armed Forces personnel in a peace support operation.”

Our Canadian peacekeepers play a significant role in restoring peace and security in areas of conflict.  They help with this role while showing great courage and compassion.

Our Museum honours Canadian Peacekeepers with an exhibit in the Main Gallery.

Lest We Forget…