STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE YONAH MARTIN ON THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BREAK- OUT OF THE KOREAN WAR
“Today is a day to reflect and commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the break-out of the Korean War. Canadians, Koreans and allied nations will be honouring the service of Korean War Veterans and the sacrifices made during the Korean War. The bravery and accomplishments of our veterans in Korea are recognized today, and will never be forgotten.
“It was on June 25, 1950 that the communist forces from the North invaded the southern half of the Korean peninsula. Without hesitation, 26,791 Canadian men and women volunteered to leave their family, their home and country to defend democracy and protect people in a faraway unknown country. Today, Canadians from coast to coast to coast proudly remember the real life heroes of the Korean War who bravely upheld democracy and the rule of law; and marvel at the remarkable country Korea has become.
“We also remember the 1,500 Canadian casualties during the War, including 516 Canadian veterans that died in service; 378 of whom are at rest at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan. However, these losses were not in vain. Today, as a result of the service and sacrifices of Canadians and the United Nations Command, the Republic of Korea is a prosperous and thriving country.
“Many Koran Canadians, like myself, may not be alive today had it not been for the sacrifices of our beloved veterans. Canada and Korea are forever grateful, and will never forget the service of Korean War Veterans that protected the people of Korea from communist tyranny. Canadians and Koreans are indebted to these men and women, who, in the prime of their youth, served to preserve global peace and defend fundamental human rights.
"Today’s anniversary begins the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War years. From now until July 27, 2018 Canadians and Koreans alike will commemorate key battles of the War, and special milestones like hockey played on the frozen Imjin River. There will also be special initiatives to pay tribute to the legacy of our Veterans, so that their sacrifices are always remembered, and never forgotten.
“We will remember them. Lest we forget"