8/9/2017 6:30:16 AM

Today (aug 9) is National Peacekeepers Day.

The day is used to recognize the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission, which occurred on that date in 1974.

That day, 9 Canadian peacekeepers, on a United Nations-marked Canadian transport aircraft, were killed when their plane was shot down by Syrian missiles during a regular resupply mission in the Middle East.

There will be a parade beginning at the entrance to Base Borden at 10am and ending at Peacekeeper's Park in Angus

This year will feature the dedication of a refurbished light armored vehicle that was used during missions to Afghanistan.

More than 125,000 Canadian peacekeepers have participated in dozens of international efforts over the past six decades in countries all over the world.


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