Less than five short years after the end of World War II, the armies of Communist North Korea invaded the South, setting off a three-year war that would claim millions of lives.
Nearly 27,000 members of Canada’s Army, Navy and Air Force, together with the forces of 16 other countries, joined with South Korea to repel the invasion and keep South Korea free.
Many Canadians answered the call to service for a second time, having only recently returned from their defeat of Axis powers in 1945.
Conditions were brutal and the trenches recalled the horrors of World War I.
Despite the long-standing armistice, signed in 1953, the Korean War remains unfinished. And while fighting has come to an end, we remember the thousands of Canadians who returned home from that conflict with deep wounds, both physical and emotional.
We remember the 500 Canadian soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to stop the spread of Communism in South Korea.
We will remember them and their sacrifice.