OTTAWA, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today announced that 2013 will mark the Year of the
Korean War Veteran. Minister Blaney made the announcement today at a
special event held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. He was
joined by Senator Yonah Martin, representatives from the Royal Canadian
Legion, the Korea Veterans Association of Canada, and Korean Veterans.
"Our Government is honoured to mark 2013 as the Year of the Korean War
Veteran," said Minister Blaney. "It is our duty today to pay tribute to
more 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of
South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516
Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace
and freedom on the Korean peninsula."
"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice," said Senator Yonah Martin.
"In the years that followed, Korean War Veterans have diligently
strived to respectfully commemorate the sacrifices of so many of their
fellow Canadians. This year, our nations will pay special tribute to
"The Korean War, Canada's third bloodiest conflict, commenced in 1950,"
said John Bishop, National President of the Korea Veterans Association
of Canada. "The 60th anniversary of the ceasefire will occur this year, and will be
remembered by all those who served in Korea. We will not forget our 516
comrades who made the supreme sacrifice, or the 1,558 who were wounded.
Minister Blaney's strong commitment to honouring those who served in
Korea should be commended. We are very grateful for his efforts."
During the event, Minister Blaney also launched and demonstrated an
interactive Web site feature, Land of the Morning Calm, which is now available at veterans.gc.ca. This feature presents Korean War history and archival footage,
interviews with Korean War Veterans and an interactive history
calendar. The feature is presented in broadcast style, complete with
news anchor and video footage.
"I am proud to offer interactive multimedia tools that will encourage
Canadians of all ages, especially youth, to come to know and be
thankful for the sacrifices young men and women made during the Korean
War," said Minister Blaney.
The Year of the Korean War Veteran coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea. The
Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and active fighting ended on July
27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in the tense theatre
of operations between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955,
with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.
The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war,
including the nearly 400 Canadians who lie at rest in the Republic of
Korea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War or the Year of
the Korean War Veteran, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announces the Year of the Korean War Veteran. He is accompanied by Senator Yonah Martin, His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Korean War Veterans. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130108_C4613_PHOTO_EN_22356.jpg
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
Korea Veterans Association of Canada