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The Observance of Detained and Missing Peacekeepers is a solemn period of acknowledgment and remembrance for those personnel dedicated to the resolution of global conflicts who have been detained, gone missing or been taken prisoner while carrying out primary duties. It serves as a noteworthy reminder regarding the considerable risks involved in peacekeeping missions, and the sacrifices made by peacekeepers. This period of observance also emphasizes the importance of international cooperation for the safe recovery, release, and repatriation of detained or missing peacekeepers.
Although no detailed record of the inception of this observance exists, it has gained relevance and importance globally, including in Australia, with its strong peacekeeping history. Australians have been contributing to international peacekeeping missions since 1947, with over 30,000 personnel serving in more than 50 multi-national missions worldwide. Sadly, some of these brave peacekeepers have been detained or have gone missing while serving, bringing a personal connection to this observance for many Australians.
In Australia, the Observance of Detained and Missing Peacekeepers is marked by honouring those who have risked their lives to ensure global peace. This is done through a multitude of means such as historical reviews, documentaries, commemorative marches, and special events involving both military personnel and civilians. Although the observance doesn't have a specified date, it often coincides with other remembrance events such as the United Nations International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. The emphasis on remembering fallen and missing peacekeepers results in a poignant period of recollection, acknowledging the individual contribution of these brave souls.
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