RECOGNIZING KOREAN WAR VETERANS

March 1, 2013

I have launched a drive to properly recognize Korean War Veterans in our community. I am calling on all residents of the federal riding Prince Albert to submit their stories or identify members of our community who fought in the Korean War so they can be recognized.

All nominations should be sent without postage to:

Randy Hoback, MP
137 15th Street East
Prince Albert, SK S6V 1G1,

or via my contact page:

2013 is a special year in Canadian History. The Minister of Veterans Affairs has marked this year the ‘Year of the Korean War Veteran.’ This July, Canada will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that led to the conclusion of combat on the Korean Peninsula. Canada’s military contributions to this war are remarkable and should never be forgotten. Canadian Veterans who served in this horrible conflict should be remembered for their remarkable military contribution. Help us celebrate this important milestone in Canadian history by recognizing our local Korean War Veterans.

Brief History

Initial advances of North Korean troops reached Seoul, the capital of South Korea, but a September 1950 UN sea landing at Seoul’s port of Inchon forced the North Koreans to retreat. Seoul was re-captured by UN Forces, which then crossed the 38th Parallel, moving toward the Chinese border. Chinese forces intervened with a massive offensive that drove the UN and South Korean Armies back across the 38th Parallel to southern positions along the Imjin River.

In mid-February 1951, units from Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and India joined to form one Commonwealth Force, as part of a north-eastern advance toward the 38th Parallel. Korea, a rugged country with hills, swamps and rice fields, also has periods of severe seasonal weather which hampered combat operations. By the end of March, Canadian troops were in the Kapyong Valley and in mid-April UN Forces were again north of the 38th Parallel. Korean War Veterans deserve our recognition and respect, not just on Remembrance Day.

Help identify Korean War Veterans in our community so we can say thank you for their incredible service.

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