City of Toronto pays tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement

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CMEDIA: A commemoration ceremony was held at the Cenotaph at Old City Hallby by the City of Toronto to mark the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, which took place on July 27, 1953, a news release said.

26,971 Canadians, part of the Canadian Army Special Force, who served during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953, were honoured by the city of Toronto today.

Deployed to serve in Korea were members of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force from Toronto including 38 men who lost their lives in combat. 

The list of those with a connection to Toronto who fell in the line of duty is available on the City’s Tributes webpage.

Included in the ceremony were the Rituals of Remembrance, including the Last Post, a moment of silence for the fallen soldiers, Lament and the Rouse followed by the Act of Remembrance.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph by Mayor Olivia Chow, Julie Dabrusin, Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth.

“On this solemn day, we commemorate the great acts of bravery of our men and women in the Canadian Special Armed Force, who fought in the Korean War. The City honours these fallen soldiers and their families, and remembers the great sacrifice of our men and women who served and continue to serve Canada in uniform today,” Chow said.

Other members present at the event included Lieutenant Commander Adams Gravitis and Chief Petty Officer Maggie Birtch, Royal Canadian Navy, Lieutenant Colonel J.J. Stocker and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Reese, The Canadian Army, District ‘D’ Deputy Commander Craig Oliver, Royal Canadian Legion, Consul General Deuk Hwan Kim, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Consul General Angelica C. Escalona, Consulate General of the Philippines, and Hazel Regan, sister of fallen soldier Private William Patrick Regan.