“In the early hours of June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, starting the first major armed conflict since the two world wars.

“At the onset of the war, just over 100,000 courageous troops from South Korea and more than 26,000 brave Canadians joined forces to defend South Korea’s independence.

“At Kapyong Valley and Hill 355, Canadians bravely fought with South Koreans and other nations in the defence of democracy.

“Tragically, this conflict led to the deaths of five million civilian and military personnel. This bloody conflict ended with the armistice being signed on July 27, 1953.

“As we mark the anniversary of this agreement, we also remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to restore peace.

“The Canadian Armed Forces have served around the globe and bravely defended the Canadian way of life. The peace we have today is the result of their work and sacrifice.

“May their sacrifices, achievements and memories never be forgotten.”