South Korea and Canada commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kapyong on Wednesday, remembering the Canadian veterans of the Korean War in a special photo exhibition held at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.
Co-hosted with the Canadian embassy, the exhibition features photos depicting the sacrifices of Canadian veterans during a key battle that prevented enemy forces from capturing Seoul.
"Among them is one symbolic shot of a front line soldier helped to an aid station by Lance Corporal William J. Chrysler, whose son was present at the exhibition."
"He was just trying to find any way possible to see if he could still get over here but you know, unfortunately the COVID lockdown, the pandemic. But at least I could be here, you know to do this for him and when he sees this, I think he'll feel as if he was here himself."
Other distinguished guests included memorial president Lee Sang-chul, Minister of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, Hwang Ki-chul and the Canadian Ambassador to Korea, Michael Danagher.
"But beyond that, I think Kapyong was in many ways, the start of modern Korea… the defense of Korea was achieved and Korea grew to be the prosperous, open and democratic country it is. So we can all look back, both Canadians and Koreans and those of other countries, we can look back at battles like Kapyong and see the roots of this great friendship across the Pacific Ocean."
The ambassador also praised Canada's war veterans, saying he looks forward to seeing them visit Korea again once the pandemic passes.
The event follows the Canadian Embassy's publication of the Kapyong 70 photo book and will run until June 30th.
The embassy plans to host additional exhibitions in cooperation with Pyeongtaek City and the United Nations Peace Memorial in Busan later this year.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.