Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 07, 2008 10:51 ET

Media Advisory: Korean War Veterans Return to Former Battlefields

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - On July 8, a delegation featuring Canadian Veterans will leave for former battlefields to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The delegation, led by the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, includes Veterans, representatives of Veterans' organizations, caregivers, parliamentarians and youth.

The delegation will be departing for South Korea from Vancouver on Tuesday, July 8. Media are invited to interview members of the delegation from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Vancouver Downtown, at 1110 Howe Street.



The delegation will participate in various commemorative events while in
South Korea:

Event: Korean Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Republic of Korea National Cemetery, Seoul
Date: July 11, 2008, 9:00 a.m.
Details: In honour of Korean fallen, Minister Thompson and the
delegation will participate in a traditional Korean ceremony of
remembrance.

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden, Naechon
Date: July 12, 2008, 10:30 a.m.
Details: Ceremony honouring the more than 26,000 Canadians who served
during the Korean War, including the 516 who made the ultimate
sacrifice.

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: Korean War Memorial to the Armed Forces of the British
Commonwealth, Gapyeong
Date: July 12, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Details: Ceremony in honour of all men and women who served with the
United Nations in Korea.

Event: Sunrise Ceremony
Location: United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Busan
Date: July 14, 2008, 5:00 a.m.
Details: Aboriginal commemorative ceremony. No photography, audio or video
recordings are permitted during the ceremony.

Event: Ceremony of Remembrance
Location: United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea, Busan
Date: July 14, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
Details: Ceremony in honour of all men and women who served with the
United Nations in Korea. A local school choir will present a
special tribute performance.

Please note: All events are listed in local time.


From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea-working to restore peace and stability to the area. 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. In total, 516 brave young Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the United Nations forces.

For more information about the Korean War, reports on the delegation's progress in South Korea or details on events in your area, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649