Federal Government Honors Canada's Veter- ans of Korean War
In April, tribute was paid to an extraordinary group of individuals on Parliament Hill, when ten Veterans of the Korean War were presented with special certificates of recognition.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea, leading to 2013 being declared as the Year of the Korean War Veteran. Various events and activities are planned throughout the year.
“Our response to the Korean War far exceeded what the world could have expected from us,” said the Honorable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs. “The number of Canadians who served, in proportion to our population, was greater than that of almost every other country in the United Nations force. These exceptional Canadians should be revered for their bravery, their valour, and their belief that all citizens deserve to live in a free and democratic society. That’s why I will make every effort to ensure each and every Veteran who served during the Korean War—or in Korea in the years afterwards to keep the peace—is awarded this special certificate.” Approximately 10,000 Canadian Veterans are eligible for the certificate.
“In this, the year of the 60th anniversary of the Armistice, the Korea Veterans Association commends Minister Blaney and the Harper Government for their ex- tensive work in recognizing Korean Veterans. We are very grateful for their efforts,” said John Bishop, National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada.
More than 26,000 Canadian men and women served in the Korean War, with 516 of them making the ultimate sacrifice. They joined 15 other United Nations countries that also sent combat forces there to restore peace. The active fighting ended with the signing of the Armistice at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953. Following the Armistice, approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in Korea until the end of 1955, with some troops remaining until 1957.
Minister Steven Blaney (back left) and Minister Peter MacKay (back right), accompanied by Senator Yonah Martin (centre), presented ten Korean War Veterans with certificates of recognition in the foyer of
the House of Commons.