OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament
for Ottawa-Orléans, and His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the
Republic of Korea for Canada, this evening joined Veterans and men and
women in uniform of the Canadian Armed Forces in a commemorative
wreath-laying ceremony at the Ottawa City Hall to remember and honour
Canada's sacrifice in the Korean War.
"Fifty-nine years ago, in 1953, the Armistice was signed to end the
Korean War. Since then, every year we recognize and remember the
commitment of more than 26,000 brave Canadians who served in Korea, and
the 516 Canadians who gave their lives during the war," said Minister
In its sixth consecutive year, the "Turn to Busan" ceremony coincides
with the Remembrance Day ceremony held at the United Nations Memorial
Cemetery in Busan, Republic of Korea. The event is organized by the
National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada.
"The Government of Canada is dedicated to commemorating the sacrifices
and achievements of the brave Canadians whose legacy is the peace and
security we continue to enjoy as Canadians," said MP Royal Galipeau.
"During Veterans' Week, we pay tribute to all Canadian Veterans and
continue to honour those who serve our country today."
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces invaded
South Korea, beginning hostilities that lasted more than three years.
Canada, along with 15 other United Nations countries, contributed to
the combat efforts to try to restore peace to the troubled land.
Ceasefire negotiations began in 1951, two years before the fighting
finally ended with the signing of the Armistice at Panmunjom on July
27, 1953. Following the Armistice, approximately 7,000 Canadians
continued to serve in the Korean theatre until the end of 1955, with
some troops remaining until 1957.
This Veterans' Week, take time to remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or
monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a
poppy with pride. Learn more and find remembrance events and activities
in your area at 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