69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF KAPYONG
69th Anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong Commemoration
#RememberingKapyong Virtual Campaign
BURNABY, BC - The Honourable Yonah Martin, Grand Patron of Korea Veterans Association (KVA) of Canada (Heritage Unit) and Honorary Member of KVA Unit 7 (National Capital Region), in consultation and partnerships with Korean War Commemorative Committees (KWCC) across Canada and BC-based Korean War Commemorative Alliance (KWCA), launched a virtual #RememberingKapyong campaign, and prepared and distributed a commemorative package encouraging everyone to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong on April 24, 2020 11:00am (local time).
The Battle of Kapyong or Gapyeong (April 23-25, 1951) is a significant battle of the Korean War and one of Canada’s greatest military achievements. Although vastly outnumbered by the Chinese and North Korean field armies, the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI), the 3rd Battalion of Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), The United Kingdom’s 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment, and the 16th Field Regiment of Royal New Zealand Artillery (16RNZA) serving together as the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade, thwarted a massive enemy offensive in the hills of the Kapyong River Valley. The 2nd Patricias, along with the Royal Australian Regiment and A Company, 72nd U.S. Heavy Tank Battalion, were deservedly awarded the U.S. Presidential Unit Citation for their valour and heroic defence at Kapyong. No other Canadian Unit has been awarded this honour before, or since.