Canadian veterans return to Korea to mark 60th anniversary of Korean War

Korean War veteran William Harrison poses for a photo in his Edmonton home Friday April 19, 2013. Harrison will be in South Korea later this week to attend events surrounding the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.



Thirty six Canadian Veterans of the Korean War will leave for the Republic of Korea Monday to participate in commemorative events marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces invaded South Korea, beginning hostilities that lasted more than three years. More than 26,000 Canadian men and women served in the Korean War, and 516 gave their lives.

"We honour the brave Canadians who upheld our country's values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law," said Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney, who will be accompanying the group. "This is a truly important journey as we return to Korea to commemorate and say to those who fought, and to those who died: 'we remember.'"

While there, Blaney and the veterans will participate in a commemorative ceremony at the Canadian Korean War Memorial Garden. The site is a symbol of Canada's help during the Korean War.

"Our story needs to be told, and it being the Year of the Korean War Veteran in Canada means a lot to us who served in the Korean War. It helps us to know that our story will never be forgotten," William (Bill) Harrison, a veteran of the war, said in a statement. "I am looking forward to sharing this experience with other Korean War Veterans and revisiting Korea 60 years later."

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