The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence of Canada, along with the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs and other dignitaries, participated yesterday in the unveiling of the Korea Memorial Monument in Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario.
“We must always remain grateful to our veterans of the Korean War, which was one of Canada’s most important military engagements. It is imperative that those who fought and gave their lives are not forgotten. I applaud the work done to create this monument, which will help preserve the legacy of our Veterans and a chapter in our nation’s history”, said the Honourable Rob Nicholson.
This historic monument is dedicated to the eight Canadian Naval Destroyers that served in the Korean War from June 1950 until the armistice of July 1953 and patrolling thereafter until September 1955. It will also honour the nine crew members who were either killed in action, lost at sea, or died in service, as their names will be inscribed on the monument.
The Korea Memorial Monument sits adjacent to the existing Naval Ship’s Memorial Monument dedicated to recognizing the critical Canadian contribution to the war at sea through the many hundreds of ships that served during the Second World War, under either the White Ensign of the Royal Canadian Navy, or the “Red Duster” of the Canadian Merchant Navy.
Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Wikimedia