Canadians not about to leave or stay away from South Korea

[Canadians don’t seem too worried about war on the Korean Peninsula, judging from interviews with Canadians living in the Republic of Korea, and a group of Canadian Korean War veterans who are leaving on a tour to South Korea. We feature three articles that have appeared in the Canadian media recently. The first, distributed by The Canadian Press is taken from CTV News, 18 April 2013. The second appeared in numerous Canadian newspapers, such as The Chronicle Herald of Halifax, on 11 April 2013, with files from The Associated Press. The third is from QMI Agency and was published by various newspapers in the Sun News Network on 13 April 2013. –CanKor]

Canadian vets to tour South Korea despite threats from North

The Canadian Press, Ottawa, 18 April 2013
Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay looks on as Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney speaks with Korean War veteran Douglas Barber during an event on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, 16 April 2013. (Photo by Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press)

Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay looks on as Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney speaks with Korean War veteran Douglas Barber during an event on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, 16 April 2013. (Photo by Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press)

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney is preparing to lead a delegation to South Korea next week, despite bloodcurdling threats by North Korea against its neighbour. Blaney and a group of 36 veterans of the Korean War are to leave this weekend for a commemorative tour of battlefields and cemeteries.

He says Foreign Affairs is keeping a close eye on the Korean peninsula, where North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been threatening nuclear war against South Korea and the United States. Blaney adds that the South Korean government hasn’t raised any red flags over the trip.

The five-day visit commemorates Canada’s contribution to the 1950-53 Korean War. About 26,000 Canadians took part in the conflict and 516 were killed. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadians honour Kapyong veterans

Canadian Senator Yonah Martin, with Veterans Affairs Canada and the RoK Embassy is hosting a ceremony and reception in honour of the veterans of the Battle of Kapyong. The ceremony will take place at 13:00 on 15 April 2011 at National War Memorial in Ottawa.

The Battle of Kapyong (Korean: 가평전투)  was fought between 22–25 April 1951.  During these three days, the United Nations (UN) forces 27th Brigade —primarily Australian and Canadian—defended Hill 504 and 677 respectively from the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army.

Despite outnumbering the UN Forces by a factor of 5 to 1, the Chinese Army was vastly outgunned. It is said the battlefield was littered with the corpses of Chinese soldiers. And yet, despite their ultimate defeat the battle demonstrated that the Chinese were tough and skilful soldiers capable of inflicting heavy casualties on the Australians and forcing their eventual withdrawal, albeit both intact and orderly. [Horner, David; ed (2008). Duty First: A History of the Royal Australian Regiment (Second ed.)] Read the rest of this entry »

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