Remember all who sacrificed

June 25, 1950 marked the start of the Korean War and Canada was part of the United Nations’ force, led by the United States, that intervened on behalf of the South Korean government.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the start of that war. A truce has been holding since July 27, 1953.
More than 26,000 Canadians participated in the war. Canada also sent eight destroyers and provided air transport.
Some 516 Canadians died in the conflict.
It often is called “The Forgotten War” in which Canadians played a role.
Sixteen nations sent combat troops to fight alongside the South Koreans. Another six nations supplied medical support while five others offered up other support.
Almost six years ago, my wife and I visited the war museum in Seoul. Completed in 1994, the museum proudly flies the 27 flags of the countries that were part of the UN command.
Every service person who died in the conflict from foreign countries is recognized with their name and the country they came from beneath the flags. We found the remembrance of Canadians heart-warming.
Although an armistice has been signed, the two Koreas remain on tension. Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is within easy striking distance of North Korea.
Over the three years of war, the city changed hands three times.
While we remember the sacrifices of those who fought in the two world wars, we fail to think about those who have served in war and peacekeeping missions that Canada has participated in.
In recent years, several thousand Canadians have fought in Afghanistan and are supplying training to combatants defending their country from ISIS. We have recognized those soldiers who have come back in caskets, yet we cannot let their achievements go unremembered into the future.
Those men and women have sacrificed on behalf of Canadians. They have fought and worked to bring stability and peace to the people of the world across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Asia.
Atop my column is a huge statue that is at the entrance the Korean War Museum showing the soldiers of the United Nations who are being followed by refugees from Korea.
It is a moving symbol.