Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 27, 2005 13:34 ET

VAC: Ceremonies in Brampton Honour Veterans of the Korean War

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 27, 2005) - Ceremonies were held in Brampton, Ontario, today to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Albina Guarnieri, joined Canadian Veterans of the Korean War, dignitaries and youth at the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance to mark the occasion.

The ceremony included a parade of colours, the singing of both the Canadian and Republic of Korea National Anthems and a wreath laying. Following the service, Minister Guarnieri attended a luncheon, hosted by the Korean community in Brampton, where she unveiled the third poster in the Year of the Veteran series. The poster, entitled Thank, honours Canadian Veterans of the Korean War.

"In the Year of the Veteran we have been on the trail of great Canadians across the globe. We have tried to cast new light on the glowing past and glaring debt we owe all our Veterans wherever they fought," Minister Guarnieri said. "Across the country we have seen an awakening. Canadians are opening their eyes to a history that is never seen in Hollywood movies."

The poster unveiled by Minister Guarnieri pays tribute to those who served in the Korean War, and highlights the "Invitation to Remember Program", as designed by Scouts Canada in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada. Throughout 2005, Scouts Canada will hand-deliver nearly 150,000 "Appreciation Badges" in an effort to thank Canadian Veterans.

From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea. On July 27, 1953, the Korean War Armistice was signed in Panmunjom, Korea, ending three years of war which claimed the lives of 516 Canadians.

For more information on the Korean War, the Year of the Veteran poster series or the Scouts Canada partnership, visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

2005 is the Year of the Veteran: Celebrate. Honour. Thank. Remember. Teach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    (613) 992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Corey Hobbs
    Director of Communications
    (613) 947-4908