2013

Remembrance Day in Canada

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<Photo courtesy of CTV Calgary>

In November, many Canadians pin on poppies.
All public figures and people appearing on television wear them. The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields”.
The text of the poem, “In Flanders Fields” as follows:

Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. Poppies are distributed for donations. The basic purpose of the poppy funds is to provide immediate assistance to ex-servicemen and women in need. This may include food, shelter or medical attention for them or their families.

Every 11th of November, Canadians pay tribute with two minutes of silence to the soldiers sacrificed their lives in military service from the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Afghanistan conflict and peacekeeping missions.

The Korean War is sometimes forgotten when Canadians talk about wars. Canada was the third largest contributor to the multi-national force in Korea and approximately 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War, and 516 of them died.

In 2013, Cho Hee-yong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada had been visiting veterans on this tour of Western Canada to affirm his country’s deep appreciation to them. Last June, Hee-yong was at Canadian and Korean Veterans luncheon in Royal Canadian Legion #275 (755 40St, SE, Calgary) celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea. On Wednesday June 12, Cho Hee-yong presented special certificates of recognition to Canada’s Veterans of Korean War.

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“I cannot find a better time to be together and delivering our deep thanks to the Korean War veterans across the country. We Koreans have never forgotten the profound gratitude and contribution of the Korean War. I would like to honor the Korean War veterans who stood shoulder-to- shoulder with us to defend Korean peninsula.” said Cho Hee-yong.

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The ambassador said it is important to his country to remember and recognize the efforts of Canadians who served in the conflict, which ended 60 years ago.

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Cho Hee-yong, the Republic of Korea’s ambassador to Canada, lays a wreath at the Legislative grounds to remember the Canadians who fought in the Korean War.

For more information about the Korean War in Canada, please see the link below:

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/korean-war/valour

or please visit Royal Canadian Legion #275, (755 40St, SE, Calgary)

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* Wikipedia has been used as the source for the origin of Poppy fund.

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