HALIFAX, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Michael MacDonald, Senator for Cape Breton, today took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Camp Hill Veterans' Memorial Building to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the Year of the Korean War Veteran.
"Our Government is committed to bringing to Canadians a greater awareness to this important chapter in our military history," said Minister Fantino. "By declaring 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran and establishing a national day of recognition, we want our Veterans to know how truly grateful we are for their service and sacrifices."
From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea—working to restore peace and stability to the area. On July 27, 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, ending three years of fighting. Some 7,000 Canadians continued to serve there between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957. In total, 516 brave young Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice during the war.
"This week and all year-round, Canadians will pause to remember the men and women in uniform who came to the aid of the South Koreans during the Korean War," said Senator MacDonald. "Today, 60 years later, it is truly an honour and a pleasure to be here in the presence of such remarkable individuals who answered that call of duty so willingly and courageously."
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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