Monument to Canadian Fallen

The Monument to Canadian Fallen commemorates the sacrifice of Canadian service members in the Korean War.

Busan, Korea

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Korean War

Visitor Information

93 UN Pyeonghwa-ro, Nam-gu, Busan, 608-812, Republic of Korea

The Monument to Canadian Fallen is open 24 hours a day.

Sacrifice remembered

The Monument to Canadian Fallen was spearheaded by the Canadian Veterans Korean War Commemoration Committee. It was unveiled at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan in 2001 and dedicated and consecrated in 2002. The monument design calls to mind the sacrifice of Canada and Canadian soldiers.

Veteran designer

It was designed by Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Korean War Veteran Vincent Courtenay, who managed the fund-raising effort from Korea and also supervised sculpting, casting and placement of the Monument. A replica of the Monument was erected in Ottawa and dedicated on September 28, 2003.

Symbol of friendship

The monument shows an unarmed Canadian soldier holding a young Korean girl and guiding a Korean boy. The children represent the generations of Koreans who live in freedom thanks to those who served and those who made the supreme sacrifice. The girl is holding a bouquet of 21 maple leaves, representing the 16 Canadians with no known grave and the five Canadian sailors lost at sea. The boy is holding a bouquet in which maple leaves are mixed with roses of Sharon, the national flower of Korea, as a symbol of the friendship between the two countries.

Never to be forgotten

The monument bears the inscription "We'll never forget you brave sons of Canada" in English, French and Korean, along with the names of the 516 Canadian soldiers who died during the Korean War.

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