National Peacekeeper’s Day takes place Aug. 9.
This day gives people the opportunity to express their pride in the accomplishments of military members, police officers, members of the diplomatic corps and civilians who have supported and continue to support international peace and security operations.
“We are reminded of the accomplishments and sadly of the sacrifice made, by brave men and women in bringing the ideals of peace and freedom to the world,” said Greater Sudbury Police Service in a news release.
This year is especially significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of Canadian police contributions to international peace operations.
“Greater Sudbury Police Service would like to recognize our members Acting Staff Sgt. Valtonen, Const. Ealdama, Const. Erkkila and retired Staff Sgt. Bedard for their efforts during their deployment to international peace operations in Afghanistan.
“In their missions, they had the opportunity to train and mentor their counterparts on various aspects of policing, from recruit training and community policing to supervising and managing police services to infrastructure and equipment requirement. They have proudly demonstrated our community values of compassion, integrity, professionalism and leadership.”
A national ceremony is being held in Ottawa on Aug. 10 at the National Peacekeeping Monument with other ceremonies taking place in other cities across Canada. For more information refer to the Veterans Affairs Canada website at http://veterans.gc.ca/eng/events.