QUÉBEC CITY, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today highlighted the Year of the Korean War Veteran in Québec City. Since 2013 has been declared the Year of the Korean War Veteran, Minister Blaney, joined by Veterans of the Korean War, went to the Citadelle of Québec to pay tribute to Veterans and members of the Royal 22e Régiment.
"I am pleased to be here among the members of the Royal 22e Régiment, past and present, to highlight the regiment's significant contribution during the Korean War," said Minister Blaney. "Members of the regiment found themselves at the front alongside a number of other Canadians who served commendably on land, aboard Royal Canadian Navy ships and in the air. More than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform came to the aid of South Korea during the war, and 516 of them made the ultimate sacrifice. It is our duty to pay tribute to them."
The Royal 22e Régiment was part of the 1st Commonwealth Infantry Division during the Korean War. This was the first major mission led by the United Nations, newly formed in 1945. The regiment was involved in several intensive battles including the battle of Hill 355 where members of the 22nd Battalion stood their ground against enemy forces for five days. Between November 22 and 26, 1951, the regiment lost 16 men, 44 others were wounded and three were reported missing. Hill 355 was one of the most difficult battles for the regiment on Korean soil.
"The Royal 22e Régiment lost 104 of its members during what was one of the bloodiest conflicts in which our country took part. We will never forget them. This year, like South Korea, our nation will salute their sacrifices," added Minister Blaney.
For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War or the Year of the Korean War Veteran, visit veterans.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "Québec - As part of the Year of the Korean War Veteran, Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney joined Veterans in paying tribute today to Veterans and members of the Royal 22e Régiment (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130219_C6527_PHOTO_EN_23848.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
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