OTTAWA, July 19, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Pierre Poilievre, Minister of
State for Democratic Reform, today attended a ceremony honouring a
local Canadian Veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Gus Este, by renaming
Ottawa's Brookside Park to Gus Este Park.
"I commend the City of Ottawa for naming a popular city park in honour
of Korean War Veteran Gus Este during this, the Year of the Korean War
Veteran," said Minister Fantino. "Canadian Veterans who participated in
the Korean War gave so much of themselves to the efforts to regain
peace and freedom in Korea."
Mr. Gus Este was born in Montréal in 1931. In 1950, Mr. Este joined the
Canadian Army Special Force. In Seattle, Washington, he received
advanced training in the medical field and served as a medical
assistant during the Korean War. He was discharged from the service and
worked at Canada Post for three years. Mr. Este later re-joined the
military with the Canadian Postal Corps, where he served as a captain
and participated in tours in Egypt and Germany. In 1987, he retired
with recognition for 33 years of military service.
"Canadians are grateful to those who served in the Korean War and want
to ensure their sacrifices are recognized," said Minister Poilievre.
"More than 26,000 Canadians served in what has been called, for too
long, the forgotten war. For Canada, the cost of this service was high
with 516 Canadians making the ultimate sacrifice."
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 the Korean War,
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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