The Barrie Legion and members of the Central Ontario chapter of the Peacekeeping Association came out in full force for Peacekeepers Day at the memorial in Angus. The flag raising and parade held recognized the women and men of Canada’s military who work for peace and stability around the world.
The parade ended at Base Borden with the flag raising ceremony along with the dedication of a light Armoured Vehicle used for missions in Afghanistan.
It was Lester B. Pearson, who led the first armed United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Canadian peacekeepers have gone on to provide support during ceasefires, protect the most vulnerable, and help create foundations for peace.
Peacekeepers continue to put their own lives at risk to assist civilians in the crossfire of violent conflict, specifically women and children.
(Pictured: Bob George, Vice President of the Central Ontario Chapter of the Peacekeeping Association and Fern Taillefer, President of the local Peacekeeping Association in Barrie)