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Canada's peacekeeping role honoured at ceremony in Ottawa

A ceremony was held Sunday in Ottawa to commemorate Canadian peacekeepers who have died in service and to honour Canada's and Canadians' role in international peace and security around the world.

National Peacekeepers Day is is held annually on the Sunday closest to August 9, the date in 1974 when nine Canadian peacekeepers were killed when their aircraft was shot down over Syria.

Military members and police were on hand, along with Parm Gill, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Veterans Affairs Minister, for a ceremony at the National Peacekeeping Monument on Sussex Drive.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canadian military service in Cyprus, as well as the 25th anniversary of police services participation in UN missions overseas.

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