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38 Canadian Veterans' Pilgrimage to S. Korea
Veterans to Award 9 Scholarships to Korean Students
Canadian veterans in Seoul

Ambassador Marius Grinius of the Canadian Embassy in Seoul is proud to announce that a pilgrimage of Canadian veterans of the Korean War will take place from Monday, April 17 to Sunday, April 23. Organized by the the Korean Veterans Association and Government of Canada , this special visit is designed to honour the tens of thousands of Canadians who served the pursuit of peace on the Korean peninsula. The delegation is composed of 38 people, including 26 veterans and 12 family members.

During the Korean War, Canada contributed the third largest contingent of international troops to the United Nations (after the United States and the United Kingdom). A total of 26,791 Canadians served during combat and 516 paid the ultimate price, giving their lives for the freedom of the Republic of Korea . Of those who died in action, 378 buried at the UN Cemetery at Busan. Canada continues to support the UN Command in Korea and serves on the UN Armistice Commission.

During their stay in Korea, the delegation will visit a number of historical sites, including the Republic of Korea National Cemetery, the War Memorial of Korea, UN Memorial Cemetery Korea (UNMCK), and the famous Gapyong battle site where Canadian troops of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) bravely fought for freedom.


"Wonder Hour" at The COEX InterContinental Seoul's Lobby Lounge

The veterans will also participate in the annual joint Kapyong Memorial Service and Kapyong Scholarships Presentation Ceremony in Naechon, just outside of Kapyong.

"From danger shared a half century ago, the friendship between Canada and Korea continues to prosper as we work continuously to promote peace not only on the Korean peninsula, but around the world." said H.E. Marius Grinius, Canadian Ambassador to Korea, on the occasion of the veterans' visit.


Each year, dozens of veterans and other dignitaries from Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia participate in a service to honour the many Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives in Korea during the 1950-53 war. Over time, other Canadians have joined in the promotion of Canada-Korea ties and contributed to a friendship that continues to grow.

Schedule of events

Monday, April 17

Arrival at the Incheon Airport

Tuesday, April 18

Banquet organized by the Korea Veterans Association

Wednesday, April 19

Visit to UN Cemetery in Busan (UNMCK)
Commonwealth Memorial Service in Busan

Thursday, April 20

Visit to Gloster Memorial at Solmari
Official reception hosted by the Canadian Ambassador to Korea

Friday, April 21

Visit Panmuinjom
Dinner hosted by Korea-Canada Society, Seoul Plaza Hotel

Saturday, April 22

Memorial Services at Kapyung
Scholarship presentations at the Canadian Monument, Naechon

Sunday, April 23rd

Visit to War Memorial
Departure to Canada

Background

Canada joined the Korean War in July 1950. A total of 26,791 Canadians served in Korea and 516 were killed in action during the hostilities. When the armistice was signed in 1953, the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) was established. Canada has participated in peace-keeping activities in Korea ever since.

In 1976, members of Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), the army unit that fought at Kapyong on April 23, 1951, made personal donations and presented four scholarships to deserving students in Kapyong County. Since then, members of the PPCLI have continued to offer scholarships every year. In later years, their generosity was complemented through donations from other Canadian veterans of the Korean War and members of Canadian society.

The scholarship program was adopted by other member nations of the Commonwealth Brigade and has since grown immensely. Today, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand present over 120 such scholarships annually to selected schools. This year, Canada will present nine scholarships to students at Kapyong Buk Middle School.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to encourage scholastic effort, foster good citizenship, and enhance relations between Korea and Canada. While companies and individuals provide the scholarships and bursaries for the program, officials of Kapyong Buk Middle School determine the most deserving students to receive the awards.

For more information, please contact Jean Ko (3455-6162) or Kyunghwa Ryu(3455-6038) at the Canadian Embassy in Korea




 

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