Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 24, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Korean War Memorial Committee of the Western Canada Chapter of the Korean Veterans Association

BURNABY, BRITISH-COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 24, 2008) - With their own memorial honouring people who risked and sacrificed their lives in the Korean War, the citizens of Burnaby have the opportunity to highlight their appreciation and understanding of our history.

Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock), today announced funding for the Korean War Memorial Committee of the Western Canada Chapter of the Korean Veterans Association, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages.

Funding of $22,500 helped make it possible for the Committee to officially unveil its memorial, the Ambassador of Peace, in Burnaby's Central Park. The public event was attended by many dignitaries, including several Korean War veterans, as well as many individuals and artists from the Korean-Canadian community and First Nations.

"Commemorations are excellent opportunities for recognizing Canadians who risked and sacrificed their lives for our country," said Minister Verner. "The people of Burnaby and those passing through the town can visit the Korean War memorial to honour the memory of those who died and appreciate the richness of our cultural diversity."

"The Ambassador of Peace monument honours all those who volunteered for military service abroad to protect democracy and human rights in South Korea," said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State (Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity).

"I am proud that our Government is finding ways to celebrate the contribution of our veterans and to ensure that this key event in our history is never forgotten," said Mr. Devolin.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Celebrations, Commemorations and Learning program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to recognize the country's diverse and exceptional figures, places, and accomplishments.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Barry Devolin
    Member of Parliament
    (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock)
    705-324-2400
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region Office
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Communications Manager
    604-666-6504