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UN peacekeepers remembered.

As usual, August is the big month for United Nations peacekeepers. This year the Ottawa ceremony has a special significance. The event, which will take place on the 12th of August, marks the 20th anniversary of both the unveiling of the national Peacekeepers Monument (The Reconciliation) as well as the commencement of hostilities between Bosnia and Herzegovina, a conflict which involved many Canadians.

Participants are asked to form up at 1030 hrs at the memorial. Following the ceremonies and a fly-past, a reception hosted by Veterans Affairs will be held at the nearby Fatboys Southern Smokehouse restaurant on Murray Street in the Byward Market. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Graham Muir, a participant in a number of UN operations, will be the reviewing officer this year.

For additional details call 613-834-8270 or e-mail

For our western readers: The Calgary branch of the Canadian Association of Veterans in UN Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) will conduct ceremonies on the same date in Peacekeeping Park and Buffalo Park. The ceremonies will commence at noon; participants and guests are asked to be seated by 1145 hrs, and a music concert will begin at 1115 hrs. The guest of honour will be Major Bruce Henwood, a double amputee and an active advocate of veterans' rights.

Royals on the Rock! Ceremonies will be held in Pleasantville, NL, from 2-4 August to mark the 130th anniversary of The Royal Canadian Regiment. For details e-mail

Remember that Marine Atlantic is offering free or half-fare passages to serving personnel and veterans from North Sydney to Newfoundland ports. Now is a great opportunity for RCR vets to take part and enjoy Newfoundland. Contact Marine Atlantic reservations at 1-800-341-7981 for more information.

complied by Les Peate
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Title Annotation:Veterans' news & views
Author:Peate, Les
Publication:Esprit de Corps
Date:Aug 1, 2012
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