Remembering The Forgotten War

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On June 27, there was a $300-a-plate dinner held at the St. John’s Convention Centre in honour of and to raise money for war veterans and their families.

At this fine dinner, “The Soldier’s General, Rick Hillier,” was the guest speaker and he is a good orator.

He did speak on the First and Second World Wars and Afghanistan, but even as the ex-chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Forces spoke, he — like some others — failed to mention a word about the Korean War, well-known in the past as “The Forgotten War.”

This being the 60th anniversary of the armistice signing between North and South Korea, a large celebration of this event was held for three days in Ottawa, which my husband — a Korean war veteran — attended, as he did the wonderful dinner on June 27.

However, since retired Gen. Rick Hillier failed to speak of this 60th anniversary year of the Korean War, you can imagine the disappointment and hurtful feelings of the Korean War veterans when the war they fought and some died in was never mentioned at this function.

I bring this error on Gen. Hillier’s part to attention to show that some people still forget the Korean War. I intend no disrespect to Gen. Hillier, but something was amiss in his speech.

I hope by writing this letter that everyone will remember “The Forgotten War” the war in Korea. By the way, this is the year of the Korean War veterans.

Gloria Rees

The Goulds

Organizations: Convention Centre, First and Second World Wars, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Afghanistan, South Korea, Ottawa Korea

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  • Troll from Seoul
    July 09, 2013 - 09:55

    There are more pressing issues at hand. We have left our veterans to the care of corporate welfare. Those who were sacrificed for our economy, at the expense of all else, are beyond this plane and care not. Those in the role to speak out, merely speak at $300 suppers.