OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, joined members of the Shaw Media family, Canadian Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces personnel at a special screening of HISTORY's documentary 28 Heroes held at the Canadian War Museum, in Ottawa, earlier this evening.
"I am very proud to participate in this special screening of 28 Heroes during Veterans' Week," stated Minister Fantino. "This documentary demonstrates the dedication of the Canadians who fought to defend the Republic of Korea and uphold our shared values of peace and freedom. I commend Shaw Media for marking the Year of the Korean War Veteran with this production, helping all Canadians better understand the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform during that conflict."
"The new documentary 28 Heroes is a continuation of HISTORY's commitment to bringing the important stories of our Veterans to Canadians," said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice-President of Content, Shaw Media. "We are grateful for the opportunity to join Minister Fantino in commemorating 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran, and in honouring the Veterans featured in this film, Ed Mastronardi and Red Butler."
Narrated by two of the 28 heroes, Mastronardi and Butler, the film documents the compelling story of the 2nd Platoon, "A" Company of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment and their courage and strength during a relentless battle against communist forces in Korea.
During the evening, Minister Fantino also presented ministerial certificates of excellence to Lieutenant Ed Mastronardi and Private Red Butler, members of the 2nd Platoon, "A" Company, 2RCR, in recognition of their service and incredible valour during the conflict as well as their narration and support of the film.
The documentary 28 Heroes will air Monday, November 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HISTORY.
The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the conflict prior to the signing of the Armistice of July 27, 1953, that ended the active fighting.
This Veterans' Week, your challenge is to show you remember. Wearing a poppy, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony and changing your Facebook profile picture to a poppy are all ways to remember and honour Veterans. Visit veterans.gc.ca to get interactive and share your thoughts or to find commemorative events in your community.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the Republic of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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