OTTAWA, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, joined Senator Yonah
Martin, Canadian Veterans of the Korean War, and a special Korean
delegation of Veterans and Ministry officials at the Canadian War
Museum for the opening gala launching a weekend of activities to
celebrate the Year of the Korean War Veteran.
"It is an honour to be here this evening among so many Veterans of the
Korean War," said Minister Blaney. "More than 26,000 Canadians served
in the Korean War to help Koreans know the same liberty we've always
enjoyed. Sixty years later, Canadians can see the results; the Republic
of Korea remains a free democratic country."
The gala was organized by the Canada Korea Society, in partnership with
the Canadian War Museum and Veterans Affairs Canada, in honour of
Canada's Korean War Veterans who have gathered in Ottawa this weekend.
They will participate in a series of activities, including an official
wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial on Sunday, to mark
the 63rd anniversary of the break-out of the Korean War.
"This year we honour our Canadian Veterans who served during the Korean
War and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for a people in
a far away country that was virtually unknown to Canadians," said
Senator Martin. "Korea has risen from the ashes to become a vibrant
democracy, and Canadians made a difference beyond measure."
In honour of the Year of the Korean War Veteran, commemorative
activities will take place across Canada throughout the year. Earlier
this year, the Republic of Korea and Canadian Korean War Veterans were
honoured in the Imjin Classic hockey game during the 2013 Winterlude in
Ottawa. Minister Blaney also joined Veterans on a Battle of Kapyong
commemorative visit to the Republic of Korea, in April, allowing
Canadian Veterans to pay tribute to their fallen comrades and to see
the progress the Republic of Korea has made since the signing of the
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.
Image with caption: "Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney recognizes the Korean War Veterans at the opening gala dinner for a weekend of commemorative activities in their honour. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130621_C2628_PHOTO_EN_28381.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