August 9th was chosen
because on that date in 1974 the greatest single loss of Canadian lives on a peacekeeping mission occurred. Nine Canadian
peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Emergency Force in Egypt and Israel, were flying in a Canadian Forces "Buffalo"
transport aircraft on UN service which was shot down by Syrian air defence missiles while preparing to land at Damascus, Syria
on a regular resupply mission. There were no survivors.
Click here to view the honour roll of Canadians who gave their lives while serving with the United Nations and other peacekeeping
missions or peace support operations sanctioned by the United Nations.