MP Earl Dreeshen Commends the Passing of Bill S-213 to Commemorate Veterans of the Korean War

June 04, 2013

Ottawa – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer, today commended the passing of Bill S-213: An Act Respecting a National Day of Remembrance to Honour Canadian Veterans of the Korean War. Once the Act receives Royal Assent, Korean War Veterans Day will be observed each year on July 27.

“As we mark the Year of the Korean War Veteran and the 60th anniversary of the Armistice, this Act will serve as a lasting legacy to Canadian Veterans of the Korean War,” said Minister Blaney. “Commemorating July 27 as Korean War Veterans Day will recognize the tremendous contributions of the more than 26,000 Canadians who bravely fought to uphold freedom during the Korean War, and the 516 brave Canadians who gave their lives in service.”

“Korean War Veterans Day will serve as a lasting reminder of the significant role Canadians played in the Korean War,” said Dreeshen. “Designating July 27th as Korean War Veterans Day will ensure the sacrifices of our Veterans are remembered for generations to come.”

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and the active fighting ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement. Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in the tense theatre of operations between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957.

“Canadian Veterans of the Korean War are extremely honoured by this recognition,” said John Bishop, National President of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada. “The values for which they fought are the same values Canada continues to defend throughout the world today. Their sacrifices were not made in vain—South Korea is a vibrant nation today as a result. We applaud the Harper Government for demonstrating an unwavering devotion to Veterans through this milestone initiative.”

The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war, including the nearly 400 who are buried in the Republic of Korea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. For more information on the Korean War, visit veterans.gc.ca.