The Korean War Commemorative Committee (KWCC) will be hosting a special commemorative ceremony and dinner on Parliament Hill to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and honour Korean War Veterans.
This will be the second event they’ve hosted in commemoration of the Korean War Veterans. In 2013, Minister Steven Blaney declared 2013 as “Year of the Korean War Veteran.”
“Our office coordinated a special commemorative weekend program that included many special events. Five years later, an equally significant program will take place,” said Grace Seear, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
Seear said the 65th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice is unique in the fact that it’s the first event of its kind to be held on Parliament Hill.
“Which was chosen due to the fact that it will be shut down sometime next year for more than 10 years. And since most of the veterans are in their late 80’s and 90’s, this 65th commemoration is all the more important,” Seear added.
Korean War Veterans will be commemorated with a special gift presented to them and will be memorialized on a monument to be erected in Ottawa. Veterans will also hear letters and messages from dignitaries.
“Canada’s veterans of the Korean War hope to see Korea at peace. The Korean War was for too long considered the Forgotten War, so whatever can be done to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the Korean War is a top priority for Senator Martin and all those who support our Veterans,” said Seear.
The ceremony and dinner will take place on June 23, 2018. A Welcoming Ceremony in the Senate Chamber will start off at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and special presentations to Veterans starting at 6:30 p.m.