Aug. 2, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The following Peacekeepers Day message was released today by Premier Bernard Lord.
"As Premier of New Brunswick, I wish to express my continued support of the Canadian Landmine Foundation's campaign to have Aug. 9 proclaimed as Peacekeepers Day throughout Canada.
"This occasion, established by the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping, commemorates nine Canadian peacekeepers who were killed in Syria on Aug. 9, 1974. It is also a tribute to all Canadian servicemen and -women who are serving and who have served on missions abroad to establish and preserve peace.
"I believe that it is important for all Canadians to acknowledge the service and sacrifices of our peacekeepers, which is why I signed a declaration in June 2004 that designated Aug. 9 as Peacekeeping Memorial Day in New Brunswick.
"I urge all New Brunswickers and Canadians to assist the Canadian Landmine Foundation by promoting the proclamation of Peacekeepers Day, and by organizing and participating in Peacekeepers Day Weekend events.
"This summer the foundation is encouraging participation in the Peacekeepers Day Yard Sale. This event is underway and will be extended beyond Aug. 9 to Labour Day, Sept. 4, in order to accommodate Canadians who wish to participate. The foundation will use all donations from this activity to fund three mine-action projects in honour of Canadian peacekeepers.
"On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I extend best wishes to the Canadian Landmine Foundation for continued success in its efforts to honour Canadian peacekeepers and their families."
EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information on the Canadian Landmine Foundation's Peacekeepers Day campaign, visit the foundation's website, or call 416-365-9461.