Key Historic Events

2013 designated as the Year of Korea in Canada

In December 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that 2013 has been designated as the Year of Korea in Canada, which aims to highlight Korea’s culture, traditions and diversity as well as to celebrate the contributions of the Korean community to Canadian society.

The Year of Korea in Canada will feature a number of cultural and artistic events across the country. Events in Korea will also be organized to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, including Canada’s contributions to help defend the country’s freedom.

2013 designated as the Year of the Korean War Veteran

2013 has also been designated the Year of the Korean War Veteran during which we pay tribute to the “forgotten war” and more than 26,000 Canadian men and women in uniform who came to the aid of South Koreans during the war.

50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada. Our excellent relations are based on 50 years of diplomatic engagement, close people-to-people ties and an important commercial relationship. This year, Canada celebrates Korean culture, traditions and diversity as well as the contributions of the Korean diaspora to Canadian society. Through time, our countries have built strong historical, cultural and people-to-people ties. This friendly bilateral relationship continues to develop today.

60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and active fighting ended on July 27, 1953, with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Approximately 7,000 Canadians continued to serve in the tense theatre of operations between the signing of the Armistice and the end of 1955, with some Canadian troops remaining until 1957. In the years that followed, Korean War Veterans have diligently strived to respectfully commemorate the sacrifices of so many of their fellow Canadians.

The names of the 516 Canadians, who died in service during the war, including the nearly 400 Canadians who lie at rest in the Republic of Korea are inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance, which is on display in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

 
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