OTTAWA, ON – The Honourable Yonah Martin, along with Co-Sponsor, The Honourable Joseph A. Day, moved Bill S-213, intituled “An Act respecting a national day of remembrance to honour Canadian veterans of the Korean War (Korean War Veterans Day Act)” at Third Reading in the Senate of Canada. Bill S-213 was passed in the Senate on March 6, 2013 with unanimous support. The Bill will now move to the House of Commons, where Member of Parliament Blaine Calkins whose great-uncle James Alvin Calkins is buried in the UN Cemetery in Busan, Korea, will carry the Bill through the House.
The passage of Bill S-213 in the Senate of Canada marks an important step in the completion of a Bill that will designate the twenty-seventh day of July in each and every year as “Korean War Veterans Day” to remember and honour the courage and sacrifice of Canadians who served in the Korean War (1950-1953) and those who performed peacekeeping duties following the armistice of July 27, 1953. This Bill will also honour the 516 who were killed during the war, and the thousands of veterans who suffer from the physical and mental affects of the war to this day.
“Canadian veterans of the Korean War deserve a day in their honour. Every Canadian enjoys the freedoms today which were paid for in blood and tears. I owe them my life,” said Senator Martin.
2013 has been declared by the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs as the Year of the Korean War Veteran to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice (http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/korean-war). It is fitting that Bill S-213 has been passed in the Senate and now moves to the House of Commons for approval during this special year, with the hope that the Bill will receive final approval and Royal Assent before the 60th anniversary on July 27th, 2013.
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