Reference: N14075E

Ottawa – The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today issued the following statement to recognize the anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement and Korean War Veterans Day.

“Today, we take time to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of more than 26,000 Canadians who served during the Korean War. More than 60 years ago, these young men and women left their homes and families—put their entire lives on hold—to travel halfway around the world to fight for the freedom of a people they knew very little about. In all, 516 Canadians courageously lost their lives in an effort to defend the democratic rights of what is known today as the Republic of Korea.

“In 2013, the Government of Canada officially declared July 27th as Korean War Veterans Day. This year, on the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, I encourage all Canadians to take a moment to think about the contributions of those who served in the Korean War and all conflicts in our history.”

For more information on the Korean Armistice and Korean War Veterans Day, visit

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