OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - In a statement to the House of Commons, the
Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, marked
Veterans' Week 2013 in Canada. Minister Fantino then invited members of
Parliament and special guest Veterans to a reception where the
Honourable Greg Thompson, former minister of Veterans Affairs,
presented an original maquette of the Korean War Monument: Monument to Canadian Fallen to Veterans Affairs Canada.
"This year is particularly notable in that it marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. More than 26,000 served during
the war and approximately 7,000 continued to serve after the Armistice.
In total, 516 made the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to them, the Republic
of Korea has been able to forge a lasting democracy," said Minister
Fantino. "Each year, Veterans' Week is an important opportunity to
bring vital parts of our history to light, to learn the stories of
perseverance from our men and women in uniform, and to show our
"It is a privilege to donate this maquette so that it may be of
continued use to Veterans, Veterans' groups and the public," said
former minister Thompson. "Now, under the care of Veterans Affairs
Canada, we can be assured that Canadians will benefit and learn from
this significant piece of our heritage for generations to come."
2013 was named the Year of the Korean Veteran, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice; and in honour of the great
sacrifices of the men and women who have served, July 27th was declared Korean War Veterans Day. Earlier today, Minister Fantino
received unanimous consent to table the names of the 516 Canadian who
lost their lives during the Korean War as a lasting tribute to their
Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join in celebrating
During Veterans' Week, Canadians are encouraged to show they remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony in their community, visiting a
local cenotaph or monument, sharing the story of a loved one who
served, and wearing a poppy with pride. Learn more and find remembrance
events and activities in your area at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
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