Veterans of the Korean War gathered at the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier yesterday for a wreath laying and ceremony of remembrance.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the war and the 57th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

Conservative Senator Yonah Martin, a Korean- Canadian, laid a wreath on behalf of the Canadian government and reviewed the veterans with Korean ambassador Chan-Ho Ha. She said meeting with the veterans was a profoundly moving experience.

“It means everything,” she said. “I’m a daughter of two immigrants who survived the war. My mother was 12, my father was 17, so I am here because of the contribution of the United Nations forces. Without them, we don’t know what Korea might have become.”

Over the course of the Korean War, 26,000 Canadians fought and 516 died alongside 16 other UN member nations.

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