Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

September 27, 2009 17:03 ET

Minister Thompson Honours Korea Veterans Association Members for Their Exceptional Service to Veterans

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today took part in honouring Veterans at the Korea Veterans Association Unit 17 Annual Awards Banquet.

"Your deep sense of duty and responsibility to one another inspires Canadians to learn about, and appreciate, the great achievements and sacrifices made by your comrades and yourselves. This evening, we pay tribute to your contributions," said Minister Thompson.

Minister Thompson presented a plaque of recognition to Veteran Edward Taylor for his years of service with the Korea Veterans Association and his work in the community. Minister Thompson also presented the Medal of Merit and long service pins to members of the Korea Veterans Association.

The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century. From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea working to restore peace and stability to the area. There were 516 Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace, freedom and justice for the people of South Korea.

"Your work in helping our nation's truest heroes is done out of friendship and a spirit of camaraderie. Your deeply ingrained sense of fellowship and duty to one another has made a real and lasting difference," said Minister Thompson.

Earlier in the afternoon, Minister Thompson hosted a Veterans' roundtable at the Deer Lodge Centre and addressed the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Association at their annual luncheon.

More information on Canada's role in the Korean War can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Heather MacDonald
    A/Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7428
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649