Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

June 15, 2008 11:15 ET

National Ceremony Marks the 55th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs and His Excellency Soo Dong Kim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, laid wreaths today at the National War Memorial to mark the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Approximately 300 Korean War Veterans were in attendance.

"When the United Nations came to Korea's aid with a multinational force, Canada answered the call in numbers exceeding most expectations-because that is the Canadian way. When the world calls, Canada answers," said Minister Thompson. "Today, we remember these courageous men and women who stepped forward to defend peace and freedom. They have earned our nation's gratitude. And we will never forget them."

Canada's contributions in the Korean War came at a steep price. More than 26,000 Canadians served. Of these 516 died and more than 1,500 were wounded. The Armistice was signed on July 27, 1953 in Panmunjom, Korea ending three years of war. After the Armistice was signed, an additional 7,000 Canadians served between the cease-fire and the end of 1955.

Minister Thompson will lead a delegation of Canadian Veterans to South Korea from July 7 to 16, 2008 to mark the 55th anniversary. The official delegation will include Veterans, representatives of major Veterans' organizations, parliamentarians and youth.

For more information about the Korean War, 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