MP Report, Scott Armstrong, Colchester Weekly News
I am pleased the government of Canada continues to recognize and respect the great sacrifices made by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. They uphold our values and help keep our country safe.
While today memories of the hardships of the Korean War fade into the past, the accomplishments of our veterans shine bright. Thanks in part to 26,000 Canadian service members, 516 of whom never returned home, the Republic of Korea is free and prosperous.
The valour of these Canadians at the cost of hardships, of time away from family and loved ones, and for some the ultimate sacrifice should never be forgotten. For more than three years, Canadian service members fought as one of 16 allied forces, doing their country proud. The federal government is helping ensure we remember those who fought so valiantly.
That’s why we unveiled a monument in Korea to honour the Canadian Armed Forces personnel who fought in the Korean War and those who served between 1953 and 1957, in the tense period following the Armistice. This tangible symbol stands as a testament to the legacy Canadian veterans have created.
Our government also declared 2013 the Year of the Korean War Veteran. This marks 60 years since the Korean War Armistice, and is a fitting time to remember the Canadian heroes who fought bravely to defend their country and the Republic of Korea, and to uphold freedom, democracy and the rule of law.
Moreover, our government has also substantially improved support to veterans. This includes streamlining access to services through Veterans Affairs Canada and increasing support to help injured veterans continue to live independently. We’ve also made Canada’s funeral and burial program the most comprehensive among allied nations. These steps are only right, considering the efforts our veterans have made to build our country. We will continue to stand up for veterans and improve delivery of services to them.
The legacy of Canada’s Korean War Veterans lives on, and is upheld by our men and women in uniform. I am proud to join with residents of Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley in remembering their sacrifices and achievements.
As always, if you have questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact my Truro or Amherst constituency offices. You can also follow my activities online on my website www.scottarmstrongmp.ca; on Facebook; and on Twitter @Armstrong_MP.
Scott Armstrong is the Conservative MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley.