Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment Hon­ors Canada's Veter- ans of Korean War

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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.

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