QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, today highlighted the Year of the Korean
War Veteran in Québec City. Since 2013 has been declared the Year of
the Korean War Veteran, Minister Blaney, joined by Veterans of the
Korean War, went to the Citadelle of Québec to pay tribute to Veterans
and members of the Royal 22e Régiment.
"I am pleased to be here among the members of the Royal 22e Régiment, past and present, to highlight the regiment's significant contribution
during the Korean War," said Minister Blaney. "Members of the regiment
found themselves at the front alongside a number of other Canadians who
served commendably on land, aboard Royal Canadian Navy ships and in the
air. More than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform came to the aid
of South Korea during the war, and 516 of them made the ultimate
sacrifice. It is our duty to pay tribute to them."
The Royal 22e Régiment was part of the 1st Commonwealth Infantry Division during the Korean
War. This was the first major mission led by the United Nations, newly
formed in 1945. The regiment was involved in several intensive battles
including the battle of Hill 355 where members of the 22nd Battalion
stood their ground against enemy forces for five days. Between
November 22 and 26, 1951, the regiment lost 16 men, 44 others were
wounded and three were reported missing. Hill 355 was one of the most
difficult battles for the regiment on Korean soil.
"The Royal 22e Régiment lost 104 of its members during what was one of the bloodiest conflicts
in which our country took part. We will never forget them. This year,
like South Korea, our nation will salute their sacrifices," added
For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War or the Year of
the Korean War Veteran, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs