HARPER GOVERNMENT COMMEMORATES THE BATTLE OF KAPYONG
Harper Government commemorates the Battle of Kapyong at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
April 24, 2015 Ucluelet, British Columbia Parks Canada
Senator Yonah Martin, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today commemorated the Battle of Kapyong and the actions of the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry forces during this pivotal battle of Korean War in 1951. On the 64th anniversary of the battle at Kapyong and the Korean War, the Government of Canada honours the memory of those who fought by marking this important event in a ceremony at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The Battle of Kapyong took place in late April of 1951, after the retreating Chinese and North Korean Forces regrouped and overwhelmed the South Korean Forces in the valley of Kapyong. The ability of the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, as part of the larger 27th British Commonwealth Brigade, to hold hill 667 during an intense night battle was key in preventing infiltration of the larger United Nations commanding forces and helped forge a lasting friendship between Canada and the Republic of Korea.