Prime Minister Stephen Harper today commemorated the 58th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and marked National Korean War Veterans Day by paying tribute to those who fought for democracy during the conflict. Prime Minister Harper laid a wreath at the Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance and spoke about the importance of remembering the sacrifices of all Veterans who served in the Korean War. He was joined by Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, distinguished veterans and youth.
"The selfless sacrifice of those who served in Korea helped establish Canada's reputation as a nation that will fight against injustice and repression beyond its borders," said Prime Minister Harper. "As we commemorate one of Canada's most significant armed engagements of the 20th century, we also affirm that Canada will continue to stand fearlessly with its allies when the cause is just."
From 1950 to 1953, more than 26,000 Canadians served in Korea, fighting to restore peace and stability to the area. An additional 7,000 Canadians served between the signing of the armistice and the end of 1955. In proportion to its population, Canada's troop contribution was one of the largest of the international force. In total, 516 brave Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Korea Veterans National Wall of Remembrance, the location of today's ceremony, honours all Canadians who fought in the Korean War.
More information on Canada's role in the Korean War can be found on the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at veterans.gc.ca.