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Korean War vets gather to mark anniversary of ceasefire

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The forgotten war will not be forgotten this afternoon as Korean War veterans gather to mark the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire.

Vets, joined by senior officers, Mayor Sam Katz and Lt. Gov. Philip Lee will hold a candlelight service today at 4 p.m. at Brookside Cemetery.

The public can also take a tour of the cemetery’s field of honour where the Korean War memorial stands and where 11,000 service men and women are buried. The bus tour begins at 1 p.m. just inside the cemetery gates and buses will run continuously until 4 p.m.

The three-year Korean War ended July 27, 1953, after 516 Canadians had lost their lives.

Winnipeg’s Kapyong Barracks gets its name from a 1951 battle where Canadian and Australian battalions, badly outmanned, managed to push back Chinese forces seeking a route through the Kapyong Valley and on to Seoul.

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