This notice from the RCASC Forum says it all:
This Sunday is the "PEACEKEEPER's Day Ceremony 2012 at the Reconciliation Monument on Sussex Drive in Ottawa..Parade time ;1000hrs for 1030hrs. There will be presentations and wreath laying, also a light lunch after...Dress for parade if Blue (UN)jacket and Blue beret and Medals , if you have them or your Blues and Gray with medals ...All are welcome its the 20th anniversary of our Ottawa National Peacekeeper's Monument..."UN our only HOPE for MANKIND"
Benny"Proud to Serve, Proud to have Served in the Service of PEACE.
National ceremonies are being held across Canada, check one out and pay respect to the men and women of the Blue Berets, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and members of the RCMP.
Proud Canadians from General D'allaire down to the newest private. Serving our world in the interests of Peace.
A special day of remembrance for Canada. We have lost 114 lives the second highest rate of fatalities in all UN Missions
A Canadian Initiative
It was a Canadian who first proposed a UN mission along the lines of what we have come to know as peacekeeping. Prior to 1956, UN operations had (with the exception of the Korean War) been confined to unarmed observation and supervision. In 1956, Canada won worldwide recognition for its diplomatic efforts when Britain, France, and Israel attempted to prevent Egypt from seizing control of the Suez Canal. Canada's Minister for External Affairs at the time, Lester B. Pearson, proposed the formation and deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force to "secure and supervise the cessation of hostilities." A Canadian General, E.L.M. Burns, who had been commanding the UN Truce Supervision Organization in Palestine, was named commander of the first United Nations peacekeeping force. Pearson was awarded the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize for his innovative thinking and long-term commitment to peace.
For full UN/Canada Info please use this link: http://www.unac.org/peacekeeping/en/
Remember the words of our own Lester B Pearson:
Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realize - than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality
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