The Year of the Korean War Veteran coincides with the 60 th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. This year also marks the 50 th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and active fighting ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean 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.
The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war, including the nearly 400 Canadians who lie at rest in the Republic of Korea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
For more information on Canada's role in the Korean War or the Year of the Korean War Veteran, please visit veterans.gc.ca .
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada Image with caption: "The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announces the Year of the Korean War Veteran. He is accompanied by Senator Yonah Martin, His Excellency Hee-yong Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea and Korean War Veterans. (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130108_C4613_PHOTO_EN_22356.jpg