National Peacekeepers’ Day in Angus
Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson attended a special ceremony on National Peacekeepers Day at Peacekeepers Park in Angus to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Peacekeeping in Canada.
“I had the honour and privilege of representing the Ontario Government, with my colleague, the Attorney General Doug Downey, at the ceremony at Peace Keepers Park in Angus to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Canada’s involvement in UN peace keeping missions. Retired Major General Lewis MacKenzie was the keynote speaker and delivered a strong message about Canada’s exceptional peace keeping record and the work to be done to continue that legacy.”
Retired Major General Lewis Mackenzie served nine years in West Germany with NATO forces and had nine peacekeeping tours of duty with the United Nations in six different mission areas. Mackenzie retired from the Canadian Forces in 1993, having served for 35 years.
The day’s events included a parade and a C-130J fly-over.
National Peacekeepers’ Day is held each year on August 9th. The day was established in 2008 as a way for all Canadians to express the pride, respect and thanks to the personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, provincial and municipal police forces, along with Canadian diplomats and civilians who have worked in support of international peace and security operations.