Time to remember National Peacekeepers’ Day
I hope you are thoroughly enjoying the delightful summer season. I am making the most of it by embracing the great outdoors, spending quality time in the beautiful parks and on scenic pathways of Calgary.
National Peacekeepers’ Day
National Peacekeepers’ Day is observed on the nearest Sunday to August 9, a significant date in Canadian history. On August 9, 1974, a United Nations Canadian transport plane was tragically shot down by Syrian missiles, resulting in the loss of all nine Canadian peacekeepers on board. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice made by 130 Canadian peacekeepers who lost their lives during active missions since 1948. A commemorative event is scheduled for August 13th at Peacekeeper Park in Garrison Green, marking the 75th anniversary of United Nations peacekeeping. This anniversary compels us to recognize the challenges ahead, including rising violence and a more divided world, which hinder the mission of upholding the rule of law and safeguarding democracy.
I will be visiting with many of you that day, as I have a booth at Marda Gras (August 13, 10 AM to 5 PM, along 33rd Ave SW). This is one of our city’s most interesting street fairs, and it is always filled with families from the neighborhood. I will also be at the Chinatown Street Festival later this month (August 19, 11 AM to 7 PM on 3rd Ave SE in Chinatown), and I hope to see many friends at Calgary Pride events toward the end of the month (August 18 to Sept 3, downtown and at Prince’s Island Park).
I know many of you will be enjoying vacations, but August is the month I get the chance to meet constituents the most! I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts and views.
My office is open all summer serving constituents, so please do not hesitate to contact me at Greg.McLean@parl.gc.ca or by phone at 403-244-1880 and keep up to date on my work in Parliament on my website, GregMcLeanMP.ca.