On August 9, 1974, nine Canadian peacekeepers serving with the UN Emergency Force lost their lives when their plane was shot down over Syria.
Every year on this day, we recognise Canadian peacekeepers serving in some of the most challenging and volatile regions around the world. We also pay tribute to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to create conditions for lasting stability.
Canadian peacekeepers have the well-earned reputation for diplomacy, strength and bravery. As founding members of the United Nations, we are among the principal architects of UN peacekeeping. This is something that all Canadians can take pride in.
New Democrats are proud of our strong record of recognising peacekeeping as a key aspect of sound foreign policy and salute all those who are currently serving on peacekeeping missions.