Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

August 27, 2010 12:20 ET

Media Advisory: Minister Blackburn Will Honour Korean War Veterans in Montreal

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - Five years after the end of the Second World War, the Korean War broke out. To highlight the contribution of over 26,000 Canadians who took part in the conflict, the Korean Association of Montreal, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Korea in Montréal and Veterans Affairs Canada, will hold a commemorative ceremony for Veterans from the Montréal area who served in the Korean War. The Honourable Jean Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture) will take part in the event.

A video message from the President of Korea will be played for the Veterans, followed by the presentation of a gift to each Veteran as a token of gratitude from the Korean government. Guests will then be taken back in time by a colourful performance by the Korean Women's Choir.

Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010
   
Time: 11 a.m.
   
Place: Marché Bonsecours, second floor ballroom
  350 Saint-Paul Street, Old Montréal

Between 1950 and 1953, about 5,000 Quebeckers served in the Canadian Forces in Korea, when Canada was part of the UN multinational force there. It is estimated that 516 Canadian soldiers lost their lives during this war.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Flora Fahr
    Acting Media Relations Manager
    613-995-7758
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Director of Communications
    613-992-3465
    Cell.: 613-608-3252
    or
    Veterans Affairs Canada - Quebec Region
    Jean-Pierre Godbout
    Communications Advisor
    514-283-2198 / 514-209-1622