Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 10, 2009 21:05 ET

Canada Pays Tribute to Those Who Gave Their Lives in Korea

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and His Excellency Chan-Ho Ha, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea for Canada, paid tribute today to Canadian men and women who served in the Korean War.

The National Capital Unit of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada held a commemorative ceremony in Ottawa to coincide with a Remembrance Day ceremony in Busan, Korea at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery. This year marks the 56th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

"It will soon be eleven o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in Busan, and as is becoming a tradition, we gather here to help our friends in the Land of the Morning Calm to honour their fallen," said Minister Thompson in a speech he delivered during the ceremony.

The Commitment to Remember was read by a Canadian and Korean youth as a tribute to those who served in the War. The ceremony concluded with a commemorative wreath laying by Chan-Ho Ha, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Lieutenant-General (Retired) Charles Belzile and Lieutenant-Commander (Retired) Bill Black, President of National Capital Unit, Koreans Veterans Association of Canada.

This year during Veterans' Week, take remembrance one step further. Show how you remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting the local cenotaph or monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a poppy with pride. This Veterans' Week, how will you remember? Learn more at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Korea Veterans Association of Canada
    Bill Black
    President, National Capi
    613-228-0456