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Monument to Canadian Fallen (Korean War Monument)
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Monument to Canadian Fallen (Korean War Monument)

June 23, 2011

By Joanna Calder

The Monument to Canadian Fallen (Korean War Monument) in Ottawa is a replica of a monument that stands in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan (formerly known as Pusan), Korea.

The Ottawa monument, dedicated on September 28, 2003, the year that marked the 50th anniversary of the armistice ending the war, was carefully situated so that it faces directly towards the cemetery in Busan.

The original was erected in Korea in 2001 as a result of efforts by the Canadian Veterans of the Korean War Commemoration Committee and consecrated the following year.  The life-sized monument shows an unarmed Canadian soldier holding a young Korean girl and guiding a Korean boy.

The children represent the generations of Koreans who live in freedom thanks to those who served and those who made the supreme sacrifice. The girl is holding a bouquet of 21 maple leaves, representing the 16 Canadians with no known grave and the five Canadian sailors lost at sea. The boy is holding a bouquet in which maple leaves are mixed with roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea, as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries.

The monument bears the inscription: "We'll never forget you brave sons of Canada" in English, French and Korean, along with the names of the 516 Canadians who died during the conflict.

The monument was designed by Vincent Courtenay, a former member of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and a veteran of the Korean War who also managed the fund raising effort from Korea and supervised sculpting, casting and siting of the Monument. The sculpture was created by Korean artist Yoo, Yong Mun.

The names of Canadians who fell in the Korean War are also inscribed in the Korean War Book of Remembrance that rests, along with the other Books of Remembrance, in the Memorial Chamber located in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

With files from Veterans Affairs Canada

Monument to Canadian Fallen: the Korea War monument in Ottawa is identical to a statue that stands in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan, Korea. Credit: Joanna Calder.

The Royal Canadian Air Force crest on the Monument to Canadian Fallen. The Navy and Army’s crests are also on the monument.

The statue – and the cobblestones laid in the grass and sidewalk in front of the statue – look toward Busan, Korea where 378 Canadians who died during the Korean War are interred.
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