OTTAWA, July 27, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement on Korean War Veterans Day:
"On this Korean War Veterans Day, we remember the many Canadians who fought for freedom during the Korean War and those who remained to support peace in the years that followed."
The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century. Over 26,000 Canadians left their homes to serve. Risking their lives, they fought for the ideals of equality, liberty and peace—516 Canadians paid the ultimate price. Fighting in Korea came to an end when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. Following this uneasy ceasefire, approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve as peacekeepers in Korea, until the end of 1955.
We thank all Veterans of the Korean War for their contributions and sacrifices, as well as the men and women who continue to serve in our Canadian Armed Forces today."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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