Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 19, 2008 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Commemorates the 55th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, participated in a commemorative ceremony to mark the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the 10th anniversary of the Kap'Yong Memorial Plaque dedication, and the twinning of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve with Hallyo Haesang Sea National Park in Korea.

"Today, we commemorate the legacy of those Canadians who served in the first major international crisis following the end of the Second World War. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War and 516 lost their lives in the name of peace and freedom," said Minister Thompson.

Veterans Affairs Canada partnered with The Royal Canadian Legion, Parks Canada and the Korea Veterans Association to honour the distinguished contributions of Canadians in the Battle of Kap'Yong during the Korean War. Many people joined Dr. Lunney at Radar Hill, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to remember the great sacrifices and the achievements of the men and women who served.

"Our Government supports events that foster appreciation-especially in Canadian youth-for the accomplishments and sacrifices made by Canadian service men and women," said Dr. Lunney. "As Canadians, we share a proud military history and we are passionate about honouring Canada's Veterans and all who served."

For more information on Canada's involvement in the Korean War, visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Johanne Nadeau
    Communications Officer
    604-666-7892
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649
    or
    Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada
    Louanne Ralston
    Business, Media and External Relations Manager
    250-726-4705