Canadians to join South Korea in remembering Veterans of the Korean War at Turn to Busan service
OTTAWA, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, will join His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Canada, His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and local Veterans at a commemorative wreath-laying ceremony, known as Turn to Busan, held at the Ottawa City Hall to pay tribute to the more than 26,000 Canadians who served in the Korean War.
For the eighth consecutive year, the commemorative ceremony will be held concurrently with a Remembrance Day ceremony at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Republic of Korea.
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- The commemorative ceremony, Turn to Busan will be held on Monday, November 10, at 8:40 p.m. at Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa.
- Turn to Busan is organized annually by the National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada (KVA).
- 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.
"Today, Canadians in communities across the country will join South Korea in honouring the achievements and sacrifices of those who served in the Korean War. As we turn toward Busan, we remember the remarkable contributions Canadians made to this conflict in defence of peace and freedom."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"It is an honour to recognize the service and sacrifices of the brave Canadians who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War. Ceremonies such as Turn to Busan preserve and pass on this important part of our history and ensure Canada's contributions to this conflict are never forgotten."
Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Barbara Mottram, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468