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SOURCE Parks Canada
UCLUELET, BC, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Senator Yonah Martin on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, honoured the 63rd anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong in a ceremony at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
In tribute to the actions of the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry forces, the Canadian government honours the memory of those who fought in the pivotal battle at Kapyong and the Korean War by marking this important event in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The Battle of Kapyong took place in late April of 1951, after the retreating Chinese and North Korean Forces regrouped and overwhelmed the South Korean Forces in the valley of Kapyong. The ability of the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, as part of the larger 27th British Commonwealth Brigade, to hold hill 667 during an intense night battle was key in preventing infiltration of the larger United Nations commanding forces and helped forge a lasting friendship between Canada and the Republic of Korea.
"I am very proud of the collaborative work that Parks Canada is doing to
honour our shared heritage. In our memory of the battle of Kapyong we
honour not only our past but the important role that Canada continues
to play on the world stage".
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada
"The unerring bravery of the Canadians who held that crucial position
during the Battle of Kapyong is a source of national pride. It shows
Canada's deepest commitment to the common goals of democracy, freedom,
and opportunity for all."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"It is a great privilege to be here today on behalf of the Government of
Canada to honour those who lost their lives and those who fought in the
battle of Kapyong. Though the friendship between Canada and the
Republic of Korea was forged in war, it is those sacrifices that have
allowed us to now gather in peace and honour our past by the
commitments we have made to our future in the protection and
presentation of our twinned national parks."
The Honourable Yonah Martin, Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Veterans Affairs Canada
Korean Veterans Association of Canada
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