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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
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27 July 2016

Korean Veterans' Day

Australians should pause and remember those who served in the Korean War and post armistice period on today’s 63rd anniversary of the signing of the armistice.

Some 18,000 Australians served in Korea, including during the post-armistice period, with more than 350 Australians losing their lives and some 1,500 wounded.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, said Australia’s role in the Korean War and the post-armistice period was another proud chapter in the nation’s military history.

“Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and nurses made an important contribution to the international effort and furthered our reputation as a nation willing and able to do its part,” Mr Tehan said.

“On the anniversary of the signing of the armistice we should reflect on the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the Korean War and the post-armistice period.

“We should also reflect on more than 350 Australians who paid the ultimate price and did not return home.

“Today a grateful nation says thank-you for that service.”

Mr Tehan said a veterans’ mission would travel to Korea in October to commemorate the 65th anniversaries of the battles of Kapyong and Maryang San.

A high school education kit about the Korean War will be released later this year.

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan's Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans' Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

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