Twenty-seven thousand Canadians fought and 516 died in Korea 50 years ago. Members of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry carry a wounded soldier from a battle area in Korea.
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OTTAWA - The so-called Forgotten War won't be forgotten any longer if a new federal initiative is successful.
Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney has declared 2013 the Year of the Korean War Veteran to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice to end the conflict.
"I can think of no better way to honour the more than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service," said Blaney in a statement.
Officials have planned a February hockey game in Ottawa to replicate Canadian soldiers' games on Korea's Imjin River during the war.
Also, the Veterans Affairs website will provide a special commemorative page, veterans take a special trip to Korea this year and the Korean War will be the focus of Veterans Week in November.
The Korean War started when Soviet-backed forces invaded South Korea in 1950.