On Memorial Day, we honored our troops who sacrifice so much. Today, we have the opportunity to thank another force for good in the world—UN Peacekeepers.
Every May 29, we commemorate International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers in honor of the 118,000 brave men and women in uniform from the United States and 121 other countries who risk their lives for the restoration of peace and security around the world.
Peacekeepers are international heroes, and today, we have the opportunity to honor and thank them for their service.
Each one of us may have a different reason to thank a peacekeeper, but here are just a few of the driving motivators behind my heartfelt thank you:
- I thank them for putting their lives on the line to make the world a safer place.
- I thank them for restoring democratic values, especially so that the U.S. does not have to go it alone around the world.
- I thank them for protecting those—especially women and young children—some of whom have never before known safety.