On August 10, a ceremony commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Korean Armistice, was held at Ste. Anne’s Hospital. The event was organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Montréal. Nearly 200 people were in attendance, including some 50 Canadian and Korean veterans of this oft-forgotten conflict.
Mr. Lee Yun Je, Consul General and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the International Civil Aviation Organization, presented to each veteran in attendance a Korean artisanal creation, as well as a letter of recognition on behalf of Senator Yonah Martin, the first member of the Canadian Senate of Korean origin. During the presentations, photos of these courageous—from both then and now—were projected in the Ste. Anne’s Hospital auditorium.
The ceremony also included talks from Mr. Lee, Ms. Lydia Ingenito and Ms. Martine Daigneault of the Montréal West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre's Support for Elderly Autonomy Program Directorate, as well as Brigadier General Jennie Carignan, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East. A commemorative ritual was also held, including a reading of Act of Remembrance—For the Fallen, a minute of silence, and the musical selections The Last Post, The Reveille, and The Lament for the Fallen, the latter performed on the bugle, visibly touched many of those present.
It is worth remembering that over 26,000 Canadian troops joined United Nations forces to defend the values of freedom, peace, and justice. Of those Canadian soldiers, 516 men and women gave their lives, and another 1200 were injured. Canada remained on site as peacekeepers until 1957.
Caption: Mr. Jean-Louis Bougie, veteran of the Korean War and president of the Ste. Anne’s Hospital Veteran’s Committee, shaking hands with Ambassador and Consul General Lee Yun Je of the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Montréal.