UN Peacekeepers Medal Ceremony
A medal presentation ceremony was held at the United Nations Headquarters on 29 May 2013 to mark the International Day of United Nations Peacekeeping. The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, led the United Nations in commemorating those who lost their lives over the past year. “I am honoured to award the Dag Hammarskjold medal to the 103 peacekeepers who died while serving the United Nations in 2012” said the Secretary General.
The medals are named after Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary General of the United Nations who died in a plane crash in 1961.
A total of 42 Permanent Missions to the United Nations were gathered today at the United Nations Headquarters as part of this meritorious occasion to receive medals on behalf of their brave peacekeepers who died while serving under the blue flag. The Permanent Mission of Fiji was also present at this event and received a medal on behalf of the late Lance Corporal Timoci Bola who died on 10th July 2012 at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
“These medals are a symbol of our resolve. I hope they offer some comfort to the families as the memory of their loved ones live on in our dedicated work for peace”, added the Secretary General.
In addition to events at the UN Headquarters, the International Day is being marked at various peacekeeping missions worldwide.