Hon­our­ing peac­k­eep­ers

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton -

Vet­eran peace­keeper Thomas White says Na­tional Peace­keep­ing Day is a day of re­mem­brance.

It’s a day many peace­keep­ers mark on their cal­en­dars, pre­par­ing for a ser­vice and a mo­ment of si­lence.

This year, the ser­vice will take place at the Peace­keep­ers Mon­u­ment be­hind the civic cen­tre at 11 a.m. on Wed­nes­day.

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Po­lice has had 22 mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in 24 peace­keep­ing mis­sions.

“They’ve (Cape Bre­ton of­fi­cers) been do­ing a lot of peace­keep­ing work,” White said.

Since the United Na­tions Emer­gency Force was es­tab­lished in 1956, Canada has served in more than 30 UN mis­sions with 125,000 Cana­di­ans tak­ing part.

Cape Bre­ton peace­keep­ers, Cpl. Elmer Gor­don Groom, Trooper Joseph Hec­tor Camp­bell, Pte. John Alexan­der Lerue and Capt. Aloy­sius Roach are among the 130 peace­keep­ers killed on duty. The statue that was un­veiled last year be­hind the civic cen­tre in Syd­ney in­cludes the names of those four Cape Bre­ton­ers.

The tra­di­tion of Cana­dian peace­keep­ing con­tin­ues to­day, with Cana­di­ans serv­ing in the Su­dan, Kosovo, Haiti and the Ara­bian Sea.

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