Remembering the sacrifices in Korea

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While it may have been lost in the commotion of other events taking place on Sunday, July 29, a small ceremony at the cenotaph recognizing Korea Veterans Day was not lost on those who served there.

Remembering the sacrifices in Korea

While it may have been lost in the commotion of other events taking place on Sunday, July 29, a small ceremony at the cenotaph recognizing Korea Veterans Day was not lost on those who served there.

Veterans of the Korean War gathered with local legion members and other uniformed officers to recognize those who paid the supreme sacrifice in that conflict, which ended 54 years ago.

Those who died left those of us remaining with a somber responsibility, according to Parrsboro Mayor Doug Robinson, who spoke during the ceremony.

It is not good enough for us who are left behind to accept only our own good fortune as Canadians, but to ever strive so that others will know that the peace of the world is worth the sacrifice our heroes paid, he said.

The ceremony was sparsely attended, but those who were there stood in respectful silence as The Last Post and Reveille played under the hot July sun.

Ill keep this short because I know its hot, said Robinson. But I guarantee you its a lot hotter in Kandahar.

Veteran Ken Snowdon laid the wreath in memory of those lost in Korea, and read the following poem written by Private Pat OConnor of the Royal Canadian Regiment, one day before he was killed in battle:



KOREA

There is blood on the hills of Korea

The blood of the brave and the true

Where the 25th Brigade battled together

Under the banner of the Red White and Blue

As they marched over the hills of Korea

To the hills where the enemy lay

They remembered the Brigadiers order:

These hills must be taken today

Forward they marched into battle

With faces unsmiling and stern

They knew as they charged the hillside

There were some that would never return

Some thought of their wives and mothers

Some thought of their sweethearts so fair

And some as they plodded and stumbled

Were reverently whispering a prayer

There is blood on the hills of Korea

Its the gift of the freedom they love

May their names live in glory forever

And their souls rest in Heaven above.





Organizations: Royal Canadian Regiment

Geographic location: Korea, Parrsboro, Kandahar

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