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The Korean War Veteran
Internet Journal January 8, 2013
Canadian Government Proclaims 2013
The Year of the Korean War Veteran
Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announces the Year of the Korean War Veteran.
He is accompanied by Senator Yonah Martin, His Excellency Hee-yong Cho,
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Charles Belzile,
Korean War Veterans from Ottawa and Hoo-Jung Jones,
assistant webmaster of the Korea Veterans Association of Canada website.
OTTAWA, Jan. 8 - Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney today announced that 2013 will be called the Year of the Korean War Veteran. Minister Blaney made the announcement at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. He was joined by Senator Yonah Martin, His Excellency Hee-young Cho, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Canada, Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Charles Belzile and Korean War Veterans.  
“Our Government is honoured to mark 2013 as the Year of the Korean War Veteran,” Blaney said. “It is our duty today to pay tribute to more 26,000 Canadian men and women who came to the aid of South Koreans during the Korean War, and in particular the 516 Canadians who gave their lives in service to defend the values of peace and freedom on the Korean peninsula.”
“This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice," said Senator Yonah Martin, who is the champion of Canada’s Korean War Veterans. “In the years that followed, Korean War Veterans have diligently strived to respectfully commemorate the sacrifices of so many of their fellow Canadians. This year, our nations will pay special tribute to their sacrifices.”

During the event, Minister Blaney launched and demonstrated an interactive Web site feature,
Land of the Morning Calm, which is available at veterans.gc.ca.
This feature presents Korean War history and archival footage, interviews with Korean War Veterans
and an interactive history calendar.

"I am proud to offer interactive multimedia tools that will encourage Canadians of all ages, especially youth, to come to know and be thankful for the sacrifices young men and women made during the Korean War," said Minister Blaney.
The Year of the Korean War Veteran marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. It also marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and South Korea.
The names of the 516 Canadians who died in service during the war, including the more than 400 Canadians who lie at rest in the Republic of Korea, in Japan, and those lost at sea, are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.