LOCAL CAMPAIGN FOR CANADA POST KOREAN WAR COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HEADS TO OTTAWA
November 8th, 2010 - 5:59pm
COQUITLAM –Tri-City resident Guy Black has been lobbying for a Canada Post Korean War commemorative stamp for nearly ten years. As the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War approaches, Black is determined to see Canadian involvement in the conflict recognized and has recruited local parliamentarians Senator Yonah Martin and Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly to carry his message to Ottawa.
Guy Black has collected over 200 letters in support of the campaign, including endorsements from the Royal Canadian Legion, Korean Veterans Association of Canada and the War Amps. Today, he presented the parliamentarians with the package of endorsement letters for delivery to the Minister responsible for Canada Post, Hon. Chuck Strahl.
“The Korean War is an important world historic event and the list of supporters is a clear reflection of the broad scope of the war, those it touched and its relevance today,” said Guy Black. “A special postage stamp is a significant national honour that will forever mark a world historic event and pay tribute to all the men and women from the allied contingent that helped restore peace and freedom to the Korean peninsula 60 years ago.”
"A second commemorative stamp to honour the Canadian contributions and sacrifices in the Korean War is something I wholeheartedly support,” said Senator Yonah Martin. “My thanks to Guy Black for taking this important initiative."
“I am happy to lend my support to Guy Black's important campaign," said Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly. “Our Canadian Korean War veterans deserve to be recognized, and a commemoration stamp is a significant way to do that.”
The Korean War was the first time that Canadians served as members of a United Nations force in war. Almost 27,000 Canadian’s fought in the war and over 500 perished. Canada Post has only issued one commemorative stamp for the conflict in 2003. In comparison the United States Post Service has produced three different Korean War postage stamps. Canada Post has issued 62 Canadian military stamps since 1950.