Thursday, July 25, 2013



Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba To Attend Korea Veterans Association Candle Light Service

Wednesday July 24, 2013

WINNIPEG, Manitoba:  The Honourable Philip S. Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba will head the list of dignitaries in attendance at the  Korea Veterans Association Candlelight Service at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg on Saturday, July 27th.

The official end to the hostilities on the Korean Peninsula came on July 27th 1953 ending three years of fighting.  The Korea Veterans will be joined by family and friends and members of the Korean community in Manitoba, to mark the 60th anniversary of the ending of this war in which 516 Canadians gave their lives.
The Candlelight Service will take place at the Korean Veterans Cairn in the Military Field of Honour in Brookside Cemetery and will get underway at 4 P.M.
The Field of Honour, is Canada’s most significantly designed and one of the oldest military interment sites in Canada, is the final resting place for over 11,000 Canadian Veterans, Service Men and Service Women and War Heroes and is located from the North-West Quadrant flowing to the North-east and over Omands Creek in Brookside Cemetery which is located at 3001 Notre Dame Avenue, (west of the Red River College.)
After the Service, participants will gather for a reception at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre located directly across from Brookside Cemetery at 3030 Notre Dame Avenue.
The 60th Anniversary Service will also recognize the designation by the Canadian Government of 2013 as the year of the Korea War Veteran, an honour welcomed by Veterans after enduring years of a lack of public attention to their sacrifices in that war.

In announcing the Year of the Korean War Veteran, the Veteran’s Affairs Minister said, “this will focus attention on a war that for too long has been referred to as the “Forgotten War”
He added that, “Sixty years later, the Republic of Korea has proven that Canada’s service was not in vain—today it boasts a strong, lasting democracy, a vibrant culture and a thriving economy. All this is proof that Canadian Veterans made a real and enduring difference.”

For further information, or to arrange pre-event interviews with Executive Officers of the Korea Veterans Association, please contact:

Brian Koshul,
Telephone – 204-770-3574

NOTE TO EDITORS: Media representatives are invited to attend the Service as well as the following after-service gathering at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre where they are welcome to speak with Veterans who served in the Korean War, their families, Executive Officers of the Korea Veterans Association and members of the Korean community in Manitoba who have attended and participated in these services for many years.

Media representatives should report to the guides at the entrance to Brooklands Cemetary before 4 P.M. on Saturday, to receive directions to drive their vehicles  to the site of the Service.

Attachments:     1) Photo - PPCLI on patrol in Korea
                            2) Photo - Injured Canadian rifleman helped to an aid station                         
                            3) Cutlines for above photos

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