Tuesday, 9 August 2011

National Peacekeepers Day - August 9th

On June 18, 2008 a bill was passed into law which created National Peacekeepers Day in Canada. This day is actually celebrated worldwide thanks to the UN. The idea behind Peacekeepers Day is a day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed so much or even lost their lives acting as Peacekeepers throughout the world. The date August 9th was chosen in Canada because August 9th, 1974 saw the single largest number of Canadian lives lost by Peacekeepers serving in Egypt and Israel. 

There are a number of websites dedicated to this special day of honour, including
Veterans Affairs Canada but my personal favourite is the webpage that the RCMP has dedicated to this cause. 

On the left hand side of the page, you can read personal journals of modern day Peacekeepers. A great history lesson - given in a first person account.

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