OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jun 20 (MARKET WIRE) —
The Honourable Senator Yonah Martin, on behalf of the Honourable
Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State
(Agriculture), participated in a ceremony of remembrance and wreath
laying today at the National War Memorial to commemorate the 57th
anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. His Excellency Chan-Ho Ha,
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada, was also in attendance to
show his appreciation for the Canadian contribution to the war.
“As with the two world wars that preceded Korea, Canadians
volunteered for military service far from home. Our contribution to the
multi-national force that was dispatched to aid South Korea was larger,
in proportion to our population, than most other UN countries,” said
Senator Martin. “Throughout Canada’s brief history, the courage and
valour shown by Canadian soldiers on far-off shores, such as Korea and
Afghanistan, are testament to our nation’s commitment to peace in the
From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea, working
tirelessly-in often gruelling conditions-to restore peace and stability
to the area. The Korean War claimed 516 Canadians lives.
The Korean War Armistice, signed on July 27, 1953, marked the end of the
fighting. Following the armistice, an additional 7,000 Canadian troops
served in Korea until 1955, with some soldiers remaining until 1957. 2010
marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.
“They fought for truth, justice, peace and freedom,” said
Minister Blackburn. “It is our duty as Canadians to remember the
sacrifices made by these brave men and women to protect those values we
hold so dear.”
For more information about the Korean War, visit the Veterans Affairs
Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.
Veterans Affairs Canada
Acting Media Relations Advisor
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Director of Communications
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