Royal Canadian Legion in Callander marks National Peacekeeper Day
North Bay –
Since 2008, August 9 has been known as National Peacekeeper Day in Canada.
It is a day to remember and honor those who have served and continue to serve as peacekeepers abroad.
“Canada is recognized as the world’s greatest peacekeeper,” said Marc Picard, a peacekeeping veteran. “There are so many conflicts in the world now, it is so important that a unilateral force can enter and protect civilians in the event of an incident.”
In Callander, more than 20 members of the Local Legion marched down Landsdowne Street East and observed a moment of silence in memory of those who served for the Canadians.
One of those members was the Staff Sgt. Michael Hunter, a North Bay police officer who served overseas in 2011.
“In my experience, I was attached to the European Union. I was responsible in 11 different provinces for running a field implementation office, ”said Hunter. “So we implemented law enforcement programs for the Afghan National Police and helped train them. “
While some countries around the world are reluctant to get involved in peacekeeping, Hunter told CTV News he believes Canada will continue in its role in the future.
“Canada has a very important role there, we are well respected around the world. The kind of help that our military and peacekeepers are doing is great for the different countries that need it, ”he said.
According to members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 445 in Callander, more than 130,000 Canadians have participated in a peacekeeping mission.
On August 9, 1974, nine peacekeepers died during a mission, which is why National Peacekeepers Day is celebrated every year on this day.