Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 20, 2010 11:00 ET

Canada Remembers the Korean War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2010) - 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 world." 

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.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Jitka Licenik
    Acting Media Relations Advisor
    613-943-7878
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252