Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 27, 2009 11:27 ET

Canada Remembers the Korean War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today marked the 56th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

"When the United Nations came to Korea's aid with a multinational force, Canada responded in numbers exceeding the world's expectations. Because that is the Canadian way. When the world calls, Canada answers," said Minister Thompson. "As we mark the 56th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, Canada remembers our heroes. We pay tribute to our history. And we honour those who continue to serve today."

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.

The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century.

On July 27, 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed, ending three years of fighting. An additional 7,000 Canadians served between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.

"The values for which Canadians fought during the Korean War are the same values Canada's military men and women are currently fighting to protect. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten," said Minister Thompson.

More information on the Korean War and the 56th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice events 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