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PRIVATE KENNETH BRYANT JONES

 

Honorable Senators,

I rise today to recognize this month in which we celebrate Canadian Black History. In particular, I wish to call attention to the 60th anniversary of the death of one of our Canadian soldiers who was killed in action during the Korean War.

Private Kenneth Bryant Jones fell in Korea on January 8, 1952. He served with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps, and was killed instantly when he was struck by a bullet.

This proud black soldier from Windsor, Ontario, had also served our country on active service for three years during the Second World War. He first enlisted in the Canadian Army in September, 1942 at age 20. He served in campaigns in Italy, France, and Germany.

At the outbreak of the Korean War, he re-enlisted to serve in the Canadian Army Special Force. Having already sacrificed so much for Canada during World War Two, when he fell in Korea, he was only 30 years old.

The story of this proud Canadian is not only one of sadness, but also of courage, inspiration, and of family love. In 1920, when Private Jones was only two years of age, he and his siblings were orphaned.

Within his extended, but very close family, he was raised by his uncle and aunt, George and Evelyn Jones, in the City of Windsor. He was very close to his nieces and nephews, especially to a very young nephew, Ronald Jones. Today Ronald Jones is a veteran city councilor in the City of Windsor. Councilman Jones places flowers at a Korean War memorial and at the Windsor Cenotaph every year, in memory of his kind uncle.

Yet, Kenneth Jones is but one of our wonderful Canadians of colour who fell in the Korean War, as well as in other wars and theatres of operations. It is an accolade to our Canadian traditions and heritage that in our Canadian forces, all who served were treated equally, with no distinction made based on one's racial, religious, or cultural uniqueness.

Moreover, all Canadian soldiers, of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, gave their all, wholeheartedly, to our wonderful country. They will all attest to how very proud they were to wear the Canadian uniform, and to serve under our nation’s flag.

Although 60 years have passed since his death, those of recent generations of his family have all been told of this fine Canadian soldier. They all revere him as a forebearer of whom they are proud.

They all know that this fine soldier served our Canada in two wars, and gave his life for all of us and for the people of the Republic of Korea… and helped weave the strong fabric of Canada’s Flag and our Canadian nation.

Private Kenneth Jones has been at rest, among comrades in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea, these past 60 years now.

Let us say aloud this day, Honorable Senators, of Kenneth Jones, and of all of his comrades who rest around him in Korea, and elsewhere in this world where our Canadian servicemen are buried, that we will remember them.

 

We will remember them!

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