August 9th is a day to honour and remember all Canadian peacekeepers who have served or are currently serving in support of peace operations around the world.
Because of its close proximity to Base Borden and a large population of veterans and former Peacekeepers living in the area, the town of Angus, Ontario goes out of its way to celebrate the day with a parade and ceremony.
Thanks to the admirable efforts of the local Central Ontario Chapter of Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping (CANVUP) who lead in the build of a permanent monument to Peacekeepers, which includes a Roll of Honour surrounded by beautiful park, Peacekeepers who have died in the line of duty will forever be remembered.
This year’s Annual Peacekeepers Parade and Ceremony in Angus became even more significant for the RCMP members in attendance when the names of three of our own, who made the ultimate sacrifice while on peacekeeping duties in Haiti, were added to the Honour Roll.
Insp Gilmore, OIC of the RCMP Toronto North Detachment, spoke at the ceremony and underlined the sacrifices police peacekeepers make while on missions around the globe, helping to build policing capacity in often unstable conditions. "The sacrifices of peacekeepers are not in vain, they will inspire us forever," he stated.
A sincere thanks you to those RCMP officers who attended, marched in the parade and honoured all peacekeepers. From left to right are Cst. Matthew Storey, Cst. Ryan Adlam, Insp. Steve Saunders, Insp. Todd Gilmore, Cst. Terry Russel, Cst. Dale Keeping and Staff Sergeant Major Rob Akin.
The RCMP contingent stands in front of the Roll of Honour where the names of Sgt Mark Bourque, C/Supt D. Coates and Sgt M. Gallagher engraved.
Photo courtesy of Vince Eagan, York Regional Police