BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2012) - On behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Yonah Martin joined members of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada to commemorate the sacrifices made by Canadians to protect the Republic of Korea during the Korean War. The ceremony took place at the Korean War Memorial, "The Ambassador of Peace", established in 2007.
"Our Government is dedicated to honouring both our Veterans and our service men and women who still proudly defend Canadian values around the world," said Minister Steven Blaney. "We will never forget their service and their sacrifices in making our world a safer place."
"Today, we commemorate the role these brave men and women played during the Korean War," said Senator Martin. "Our Government is proud to honour their sacrifices and contributions. By attending ceremonies of this kind, we are ensuring that future generations have an appreciation of the courage and heroism displayed by those who served in the Korean War."
The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the 20th century. Canada was one of 16 countries to join the United Nations multinational force in Korea. After an armistice was signed in 1953, approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in Korea until the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957. A total of 516 Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of peace, freedom and justice for the people of South Korea.
For more information on Canada's participation in the Korean War, visit www.veterans.gc.ca.