OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Steven
Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Yonah Martin today
attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial and Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier with the Honourable John Baird, Minister of
Foreign Affairs and His Excellency Sung-Hwan Kim, Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of Korea, to pay tribute to Canadian Veterans
of the Korean War.
"Today our Government honours the sacrifices and contributions of our
Canadian Veterans, in particular those who served in the Korean War,
one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century," said Minister Blaney. "We must preserve the legacy of our
Veterans, especially among our younger generations."
"Although Korea is half a world away, the friendship between Canada and
South Korea has been growing stronger for more than half a century,"
said Senator Martin.
"I am very pleased to know that the contributions of Canadian Veterans
are so well respected and honoured in Korea. The ultimate sacrifices
Canadians and the achievements of every soldier in Korea will not be
"The Korean War had profound regional and global ramifications that
still resound today," said Minister Baird. "Our Government proudly
honours the swift and strong contribution of our Veterans. We do this
to ensure that this key event in our history is never forgotten and
that such a conflict is never repeated."
More than 26,000 Canadian men and women served during the Korean War.
Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve between the signing of
the Armistice in 1953 and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops
remaining until 1957. Of those Canadians, 516 gave their lives.
More information on Canada's participation in the Korean War is
available on Veterans Affairs Canada's Web site at veterans.gc.ca.
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