SEOUL, Republic of Korea, July 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian
Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Yonah Martin and
Canadian Korean War Veterans unveiled today a new Canadian monument
dedicated to the Canadian Armed Forces personnel who fought during the
Korean War and to those who served after the Armistice between 1953 and
"While the horrors and hardships of the Korean War may seem distant, the
legacy of our Canadian Veterans remains strong in the form of a free,
democratic and prosperous Korea," said Minister Fantino. "We will not
forget the service and sacrifices of these brave Canadians and, in
their honour, our government is proud to present this monument to the
Republic of Korea as a lasting symbol of recognition for Canadian
Korean War Veterans."
"We have come here today to honour these brave Canadian Veterans and
their sacrifices," said Senator Martin. "By coming to Korea, I return
to the country of my birth. I would not be here today had it not been
for Canadians and all those who served and gave their lives for me and
others. We will ensure their legacy is never forgotten."
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, with
516 making the ultimate sacrifice. Canada joined 15 other United
Nations countries in sending combat forces to restore peace.
While the active fighting ended with the signing of the Armistice at
Panmunjom on July 27, 1953, approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to
serve in Korea until the end of 1955, with some troops remaining until
This new Canadian monument has been presented to the Republic of Korea
as a lasting symbol of the Canadian sacrifice in the Korean War and
will rest in the Republic of Korea's War Memorial in Seoul.
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: "(L-R) Director of the War Memorial Lieutenant-General (Ret'd) Sun Young-Jae, Honourable Park Sung Choon, Minister of Patriots and Veterans, Minister of Veterans Affairs Julian Fantino, Veteran Donald Gallant, Senator Yonah Martin, and Veteran Gerald Lowes unveil the new Canadian monument in the Republic of Korea. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130726_C9950_PHOTO_EN_29332.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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