BRAMPTON, ON, July 27, 2015 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Yonah Martin today attended a commemorative ceremony at the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance, in Brampton, to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and Korean War Veterans Day.
- North Korea invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950 and the hostilities lasted more than three years.
- More than 26,000 brave Canadians served in Korea and 516 paid the ultimate sacrifice.
- Some 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in Korea between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.
"Today, we pay tribute to Korean War Veterans and the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The efforts and sacrifices of these Canadians helped restore peace and prosperity to the people of South Korea. We must never forget that preservation of security abroad also secures the freedom and opportunity we have at home."
The Honourable Erin O'Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"Our Government is honoured to pay tribute to Korean War Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to remember the selfless acts and sacrifices of all those who served and sacrificed their lives during the war."
The Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Martin Magnan, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations: Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468