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.