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Help us remember Canada’s Patriotic Fallen Peacemakers – August 11

Jun 4th, 2019 | By | Category: City News

Since 1948, Canada has provided Peacekeeping soldiers for service around the world in an effort to support the United Nations in its efforts to help bring peace to troubled lands. The Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) was established in 1986 to honour fallen Peacekeepers and to support the families of those who willingly offered the supreme sacrifice.

 

Canadians have served on United Nations Peace Enforcement and Peacekeeping in disputed territories around the world including Korea, the Congo, Cyprus, Bosnia, Croatia, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, Haiti, Central African Republic, Vietnam, Rwanda, and Afghanistan and recently in Mali in Northwest Africa. During these missions, dozens of Canadian military personnel have given their lives in the service of peace.

 

On the 9th August, 1974, during the United Nations peace mission in Egypt, on a flight to Damascus, the Canadian Buffalo aircraft # 115461 was shot down by Syrian Armed forces killing all 9 Canadian military personnel on board. The Syrians claimed it was an accident. During over 65 years of U.N. International Peace Support operations, this was the biggest loss of life during which Canadian soldiers have been involved.

 

Every year on the Sunday that falls closest to the 9th August we honour our fallen Peacekeepers, including the “Buffalo Nine” and during which we honour the Memorial Cross Families of fallen Peacekeepers whose names will forever be engraved upon the Wall of Honour at Calgary’s Peacekeeper Park.

 

This year the ceremony will be held on the 11th August at 11:00am at Peacekeeper Park in S. W. Calgary. Please join us in remembrance of these Patriotic Canadians.

 

More detailed information and a program can be obtained by contacting L. (Tex) Leugner, CD, Warrant Officer (Ret’d), Member CAVUNP at texleug@shaw.ca or by telephone 403 932 7618.

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