New Korean War Memorial to be Unveiled at Peace Park in Aurora
A memorial dedicated to the Korean War effort will be unveiled at Peace Park in Aurora on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. This project is a partnership between Veterans Affairs Canada, the Town of Aurora, the Township of King, the Town of Stouffville, and the Aurora Legion.
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when North Korea invaded South Korea. During the war, 2.7 million soldiers and 2.5 million civilians lost their lives. A total of 22,066 Canadians fought in Korea, of whom 516 were killed in action and more than 1,200 were wounded.
In 2021, the Town of Aurora and the Aurora Legion ran a social media campaign seeking feedback from the community for design options for the Korean War memorial. Alex Theaker submitted the winning design for the memorial which is now in place at Peace Park.
Remembrances of Canada’s contribution to the Korean War can be found in many municipalities across this country. With this year marking the seventieth anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement which ended the fighting, it is both timely and fitting to memorialize the sacrifice which those from Aurora and surrounding communities have made to protect the rights and freedoms around the world.
Dignitaries from all partner organizations will be in attendance. The Aurora Legion will be holding a reception afterwards where refreshments will be served.
For more information on the Korean War Memorial project, please visit engageaurora.ca/koreanwarmemorial.