OTTAWA, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, joined by Senator Yonah Martin, will lead a
delegation of Canadian Korean War Veterans as they return to the
Republic of Korea to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
"Together, we are returning to a proud, democratic and free nation that
stands today as a testament to the service and sacrifice of Canadian
Veterans," said Minister Fantino. "We return to Korea to say to those
who fought and to those who gave their lives that we will never forget.
We will recognize the immense contributions and service of all the
brave Canadian Veterans who came to the aid of the people of South
Korea more than 60 years ago."
Minister Fantino and the Veterans will be in the Republic of Korea from
July 25 to 30 to participate in a range of commemorative events
organized by both the governments of Canada and the Republic of Korea.
"What these Veterans did to help Korea become the dynamic and prosperous
nation it is today is simply extraordinary," said Senator Martin.
"These Veterans prevailed in the most difficult conditions of war.
Those hard days and their hard-won victories live on in our collective
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces invaded
South Korea, beginning hostilities that lasted more than three years.
More than 26,000 Canadian men and women served in the Korean War, and
516 gave their lives. Canada joined 15 other United Nations countries
in sending combat forces to restore peace. The names of the 516
Canadians who laid down their lives in service during the conflict are
inscribed in the Book of Remembrance for Korea located in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
Active hostilities ceased with the signing of the Armistice at Panmunjom
on July 27, 1953. Following the Armistice, approximately 7,000
Canadians continued to serve in Korea until the end of 1955, with some
troops remaining until 1957.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the
heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom,
democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in
the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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