August 9th is National Peacekeepers Day, a day to honour, remember and thank Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP personnel, and provincial and municipal police forces who have served in peace support efforts.
This year marks a new chapter for Peacekeepers as the Legion changed the definition of a Veteran to be more inclusive of those who served on peace support missions. In June, 2014, the Legion amended its definition of a Veteran to include those who are serving or have honorably served as a Regular Member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or as a Peace Officer in a Special Duty Area or on a Special Duty Operation, or who has served in the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime. This new definition extends the ability for the Legion’s Service Bureau to support a broader range of Veterans who are in need of the unique assistance available to them. It is our honour to recognize the brave men and women who served as Peacekeepers and thank them for their service and sacrifice.
National Peacekeepers Day Ceremonies will beheld in communities across Canada in collective respect and gratitude for all Canadian Peacekeepers. Branches of The Royal Canadian Legion organize and participate in ceremonies and welcome everyone to attend. Please contact your local Legion Branch for information on ceremonies in your community.
On behalf of our 300,000 members, the Legion remembers and thanks the almost 125,000 Canadian Peacekeepers who served and continue to serve for peace.
Lest We Forget