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National Peacekeepers' Day is an official remembrance day for Canadianmarker veterans of military peacekeeping activities. It is officially marked on 9 August of each year and observed on the closest Sunday.

The date was chosen to commemorate 9 August 1974, when nine Canadian peacekeepers were killed when their aeroplane was shot down over Syria, the highest number of Canadian peacekeepers killed in a single incident.

Legislation to make the day an official national day in Canada was passed in June 2008.

See also


  1. Statement on Stephen Harper's Official website as Prime Minister
  2. Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  3. Veterans Affairs Canada
  4. Leung T Peacekeepers' Day salutes soldiers' ultimate sacrifice, Calgary Herald, 11 August 2008
  5. Fitzpatrick A Campaign to bring more attention to peacekeeping veterans, The Western Star, 8 August 2008

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