June 2 proclaimed Canadian Forces Day|
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During a ceremony today at Nathan Phillips Square, Mayor Mel Lastman proclaimed
June 2, 2002 "Canadian Forces Day" on behalf of Toronto City Council and the
people of Toronto.
Also recognizing the contribution made by the Canadian Forces at home and
abroad was Minister of National Defence, the Honourable John McCallum,
Councillor Korwin-Kuczynski (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), personnel from HMCS
York and the 32 Canadian Brigade Group.
"It's important that we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served
and showed courage in great conflicts from World War One to the current war
against terrorism," said Mayor Lastman. "These outstanding Canadians are
determined to protect our values and way of life, making the ultimate sacrifice
for our country."
"Today, as we celebrate Canadian Forces Day for the first time, we have more
than 4,000 soldiers, sailors and air force personnel deployed around the world
on 13 operations, from peacekeeping and peace building to counter-terrorism,"
said the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of National Defence. "And here in
Canada, our military personnel are engaged in search and rescue, coastal
patrols, and airborne surveillance."
"As Minister of National Defence, I would like to let our Canadian Forces know
how much we appreciate the work they do on behalf of all Canadians and assure
them that their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families will not be
forgotten," added the Honourable John McCallum.
Mayor Lastman also presented awards to the top five candidates of the 32
Canadian Brigade Group Battle School.
With the proclamation of "Canadian Forces Day", citizens across the country are
encouraged to learn more about the military and what the forces are doing to
make the world a safer place.