July 27, 2013 marked the 60th Anniversary of the cease fire in Korea. This page is dedicated to the memory of those that served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice, including those that were involved in the tragic Canoe River Accident on 21 November 1950 that took the lives of 17 members of the 2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
Although the cease fire took place in 1953, Canada remained in Korea as Peacekeepers until 1955 when the last Canadian Regiment left. From July 27, 1953 to March 1955 Canada contributed 7000 troops served as Peacekeepers.
We, the general membership of the Canadian Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeeping LGen RR Crabbe Chapter, many of whom served in Korea, pay tribute to our fallen comrades that lost their lives in Korea from the 25 Jun 1950 - 27 Jul 53 and to those that lost their lives during Peacekeeping from the 27 Jul 1953. May they rest in Peace.
The Cairn was dedicated on 13 September 1998. The projected was created through the efforts of the Korea Veterans Association Unit # 17.
Over the years, many communities have added a plaque to their memorials with the inscription Korea 1950-53. This was very commendable. The sad part was that there was no "one place" where the public could go to view the names of those who gave their lives in Korea.
Once the idea of the Cairn was approved, the location had to be selected. It was decided that Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg, would be the ideal location as many Korea Veterans are buried there. The plan to place the memorial in the largest Military Cemetery in Canada was born. The site was selected by a committee of Norm Van Tassel, (Chairman), Len Johansson, Ken Stein, Rick Thain from the City of Winnipeg and Wayne Larsen, CM of Larsen"s Memorials.
A committee was set up with Norm Van Tassel as Chairman, Graham Dixon, Len Johansson and Michael Nicholson to work on fund raising. The goal was to have it completed in time for the Korea Veterans National convention to be held in Winnipeg September 11 to 13 1998. With the hard work of the committee, most of the funding was in place by May 1998. The land was donated by the City of Winnipeg, with all levels of Government assisting in funding a percentage of the cost. As well as funds donated by members and National KVA.
The Cairn was inscribed with the names of those from Manitoba who lost their lives in Korea from 1950 53 55. On the reverse side of the Cairn are the names of those who left Camp Shilo en route to Korea via Seattle, Washington and who died in the Canoe River Train accident on the 21 November 1950. There were 17 soldiers that lost their lives in that accident.
We are proud to acknowledge that the Province of Manitoba has named lakes, Islands, Bays and other geographical features after those Manitobans who names appear on the Cairn. Special Commemorative Name Certificates were presented to the families during this dedication ceremony by the Local MLA Gerry Mcalpine.
This uniquely designed Cairn was fabricated and erected by Larsens Memorials of Winnipeg, Manitoba and made of Canadian gray granite matching the individual memorials of our deceased comrades who rest in the field of Honour at Brookside Cemetery.
We now have a focal point where all Korea War Veterans, their spouses and families may pay tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice.
With courage and with vigor
They trained and went to war
And shielded us from danger
On the South Korean shores
They gave their lives for freedom
That we all share today
In a far-off foreign country
Where most of their bodies lay
2nd Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery 21 November 1950
To those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at the Canoe River disaster on route to Korea from Camp Shilo, Manitoba
THE CANOE RIVER TRAIN WRECK
By Cpl. L. Eadie
Far in the Canadian Rockies
One cold November's day,
Two passenger trains collided
While rolling an their way.
One rolling to the Pacific;
One to the Prairies wide,
And no one thought this journey
Would be their fatal ride.
The fireman had a signal
To stop that westbound train:
He thought the man just waving,..
And the signal was in vain
The Westbound was a trooper,
The Flyer rolling east:
When this disaster happened
All thoughts of Joy did cease.
There were soldiers bound for Korea
Who gave their lives that day,
For them and all their loved ones
This day we'll kneel and pray
Seventeen soldiers will be honoured
As In some foreign land.
They died for King and Country,
While going to make their stand.
This day will live forever,
In some dear loved ones heart.
Time will help to ease the pain
But in dreams they'll never part
GNR ATCHISON, A.J
GNR BARKHOUSE, W E.
GNR CARROLL, N. W.
GNR CONWAY, F. W.
GNR CRAIG, R. W.
GNR GEOR0C, A E.
GNR LEVESQUE, U.J.
GNR MANLEY, R.W.
GNR MCKEOWN, B. P.
GNR ORR, A. W.
GNR OWENS, D.
GNR SNOW, L.A.
GNR STROUD, A. G.
GNR THISTLE, J.
GNR WENKERT, J. M.
GNR WHITE, J. J.
GNR WRIGHT, W.D.
Manitoba has also named geographical features throughout the province in honour of the 37 Servicemen who lost their lives during the Korean War 1950-53/55. Also, on June 4, 2004, the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, on a motion from Ms. Korzeniowski, has recognized July 27 as Korean War Veterans Day in Manitoba. Our thanks go out the Province of Manitoba for recognizing our Veterans with these honours.
During the Korean War (1950-53) and the Cease Fire (1953-55) Canada suffered 516 fatalities. For a list of the names of these brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice. Click here
The Korea Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance, Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton Ontario. Along the Wall are individual plaques with the names of those Canadians that lost their lives during the Korean War June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953 and after the Cease Fire, 1953 - 1955, including those that died in the Canoe River Accident November 21, 1950.