Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 07, 2008 10:04 ET

Veterans will Return to South Korea to Mark Armistice Anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, will lead an official Government of Canada delegation to South Korea from July 7 to 16 to mark the 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The Canadian delegation will include Veterans, representatives of Veterans' organizations, caregivers, parliamentarians, media and youth. While in South Korea, the Canadian delegation will participate in remembrance ceremonies and events throughout the country.

"Canadians are proud of the brave men and women who have served our country," said Minister Thompson. "In returning to South Korea this summer, we will remember how Canada has always answered when the world calls."

While in South Korea, the delegation will participate in ceremonies of remembrance at the Republic of Korea National Cemetery in Seoul, the Korean War Memorial to the Armed Forces of the British Commonwealth in Gapyeong, the Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden in Naechon, and the United Nations Memorial Cemetery of Korea in Busan. The delegation will also honour Canada's fallen with visits to the Sang Seung and Panmunjeom observation posts in the Demilitarized Zone.

The Korean War was one of Canada's most significant military engagements of the twentieth century. 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.

More information on the Korean War and 55th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice events can be found on 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