Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 18, 2010 11:11 ET

Media Advisory: 57th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 18, 2010) - On June 20, there will be a ceremony of remembrance and wreath laying at the National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The Honourable Senator Yonah Martin, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), will be in attendance along with His Excellency Chan-Ho Ha, Ambassador for the Republic of Korea to Canada.

Location: National War Memorial, Confederation Square
   
Date: Sunday, June 20, 2010
   
Time: 11:00 a.m.

On June 25, 1950, North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea, sparking an international conflict that would last three years. During this period, 26,000 Canadians served alongside soldiers from 16 other UN member nations. By the time the armistice was signed on July 27, 1953, hundreds of Canadians had lost their lives. In total, the Korean war claimed 516 Canadians. The names of these brave soldiers are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance. 2010 marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.

For more information about the Korean War, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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