Ottawa, Ontario, November 5, 2013 – This Veterans’ Week, from November 5 to 11, Canadians are encouraged to show how they remember Canadian Veterans past and present. An act of remembrance can include wearing a poppy above your heart, attending a local Remembrance Day ceremony, or sharing your thoughts of remembrance online.
2013 is the Year of the Korean War Veteran—Canada proudly remembers the heroes of the Korean War and their brave fight to defend the Republic of Korea and uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law. Since January 2013, many commemorative events have been held in Canada and overseas to recognize the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the Government of Canada has declared July 27th of every year as Korean War Veterans Day in honor of the brave Canadians who served on the Korean Penninsula. During Veterans’ Week, communities across Canada will highlight these Korean War Veterans in their remembrance activities and events.
Since Confederation, more than 2.3 million Canadians have served in Canada’s armed forces to defend freedom, democracy and the rule of law, with more than 118,000 having given their lives. Canada’s men and women in uniform have served this nation in many ways over the years. They helped build the Canada we know and love by stepping forward in our times of greatest need.
On Remembrance Day, we are reminded to thank all Veterans for their efforts to uphold the ideals we hold dear. As Canadians, it is our duty to pass on the legacy and keep the memories of our Veterans alive. The men and women who have served our great country gave selflessly for our freedom, and one way we repay them is by remembering their sacrifices.
This Veterans’ Week, show you remember. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca.