Remembrance Day: Too little too late for Canada’s Korean War veterans?

 This is an excerpt from this story on this Website.

I found this story after I had read this post on a blog.

Federal government designated 2013 as Year of the Korean War Veteran

romeo-daley

Romeo Daley’s most vivid memories from Canada’s “Forgotten War” still haunt him, whether they are of the exploding hand grenade that almost tore off his right ear or the faces of Korean children left as orphans by the carnage he saw six decades ago.

Daley, now 81 and living in Fort Erie, Ont., was one of more than 26,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve with UN forces during the Korean War, a brutal, bloody conflict that saw an armistice — but no peace treaty — signed on July 27, 1953.

During the three-year “police action,” as the Korean War was sometimes called, 516 Canadians died, making it the third-deadliest conflict in the country’s history.

Fought half a world away, and sparked by Communist forces crossing from North Korea into South Korea on June 25, 1950, the Korean fight never had the profile of the longer, larger First or Second World Wars.

And to this day, says Daley, Korea is still the forgotten war.

“I talk in a few schools and you would be amazed that the teachers can’t even tell you when the Korean War was. So what does that tell you?”

To learn more about the Korean War

The blog I was reading is recounting what happened in Korea and why it was by no means a “police action”.

This is the first post.

This is the latest one that led me to Romeo Daley’s story.

If you know very little about the Korean War, you might take a closer look at the blog, and get a better understanding of what Romeo Daley and his comrades went through in Korea.

5 thoughts on “Remembrance Day: Too little too late for Canada’s Korean War veterans?

  1. Sometimes I forget that the US wasn’t the only nation involved in this UN action. It’s useful to remember those soldiers of other nations who fought in Korea, especially since it tends to be trivialized as a “police action”, an “unwar” (to coin a word and, unfortunately, an unintentional pun) where real people fought, died. Thanks for posting this.

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