OTTAWA, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - In a statement to the House of Commons, the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, marked Veterans' Week 2013 in Canada. Minister Fantino then invited members of Parliament and special guest Veterans to a reception where the Honourable Greg Thompson, former minister of Veterans Affairs, presented an original maquette of the Korean War Monument: Monument to Canadian Fallen to Veterans Affairs Canada.
"This year is particularly notable in that it marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. More than 26,000 served during the war and approximately 7,000 continued to serve after the Armistice. In total, 516 made the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to them, the Republic of Korea has been able to forge a lasting democracy," said Minister Fantino. "Each year, Veterans' Week is an important opportunity to bring vital parts of our history to light, to learn the stories of perseverance from our men and women in uniform, and to show our gratitude."
"It is a privilege to donate this maquette so that it may be of continued use to Veterans, Veterans' groups and the public," said former minister Thompson. "Now, under the care of Veterans Affairs Canada, we can be assured that Canadians will benefit and learn from this significant piece of our heritage for generations to come."
2013 was named the Year of the Korean Veteran, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice; and in honour of the great sacrifices of the men and women who have served, July 27th was declared Korean War Veterans Day. Earlier today, Minister Fantino received unanimous consent to table the names of the 516 Canadian who lost their lives during the Korean War as a lasting tribute to their sacrifices.
Each year, from November 5 to 11, Canadians join in celebrating Veterans' Week.
During Veterans' Week, Canadians are encouraged to show they remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony in their community, visiting a local cenotaph or monument, sharing the story of a loved one who served, and wearing a poppy with pride. Learn more and find remembrance events and activities in your area at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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