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Korean veterans have 'last hurrah' in Winnipeg
« on: March 31, 2012, 10:49:39 PM »
Korean veterans have 'last hurrah' in Winnipeg

It’s called the "Last Hurrah," and it really is. This week in Winnipeg, the Korean Veterans Association of Canada will hold its final national veterans’ reunion.

According to Veterans Canada, the average age of the 12,000 Canadian veterans of the Korean War is 78, as of March 2010.

As many as 500 veterans will be in town this week. Events run untill Wednesday.

This is the first reunion where the "Memory Project" will operate. It’s an effort to record the Korean War and Second World War through the eyes of the men and women who were there, by recording interviews and digitizing memorabilia. Some of these true stories are already available at

Military units will meet during the day today and then veterans will watch a film, called "Real MASH." The film’s Canadian director and producer will both be on hand for a town hall-type discussion afterward.

Tuesday, veterans will tour the Manitoba Legislature. A banquet Tuesday evening at the Fairmont hotel will have entertainment by the "Korean Dancers" and host a line-up of distinguished guests: Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces, General Walt Natynczyk, Senator Yonah Martin, Colonel David J. Clark from the U.S. Department of Defence, Jim Ferris with the U.S. Korean War Veterans Association, Colonel Joe Aitchison of the RCRs, Major General Herb Pitts of the PPCLI and QOR, Lt. General Charles Belzile of the Royal 22nd and QOR, and many currently serving Canadian Forces members from Winnipeg and Shilo.

Wednesday, veterans will tour CFB Shilo.

A press release for the reunion read, "Considering the average age and general health of our Veterans, we will Keep It Simple (KISS)."
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