- ‘It’s the jobs of vets, and everybody, to remember these lives were not lost in futile.’
- The event was kept to mark the 130 Canadians who passed away in UN peace operations and those that have helped, or are presently serving, in UN-sanctioned peace operations.
A moment of silence, a wreath-laying, and a few comments of motivation — that’s how Whitehorse’s Royal Canadian Legion department honored United Nations peacekeepers on Sunday at the Veterans Square cenotaph outside of City Hall.
The short ritual was remembered on the United Nations’ official creation in 1945 and paid respect to the roughly 130 Canadians who have perished in peace support operations over the years.
Joseph Mewett, the president of the Whitehorse Legion, stated it’s necessary to recall and help those who have gone overseas.
“It’s the jobs of veterans, and hopefully everybody, to recall that these lives were not lost in unproductive,” stated Mewett.
The U.N. veteran also stated he recalls how important it was to feel supported when he served overseas.
“You have to sense that the people at home are behind you. If you’re over there and there’s no justification to be there?” Mewett said. “It’s amazing knowing what you’re doing there truly serves a purpose.”
Source – CBC News