Veterans, we are pleased to present an on-line link to a 72-page interactive pictorial publication on the recent National Korean War Veterans Day/60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice ceremonies held at the Korea War Veterans National Wall of Remembrance in Brampton, Ontario.
A Veterans activist, Hoojung Jones, is the deputy webmaster for the Korea Veterans Association of Canada.
Below the link that will open the interactive publication is a write-up reprinted from the Hamilton Community News.com that explains Hoojung’s philosophy and why she does what she does for Canada’s Korean War Veterans.
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HooJung Jones is a tireless advocate for Canadian Korean War vets
HooJung Jones coauthored Canadians Our Heroes 1950–1953 Korean War and is an active member of the Korean Veterans Association of Canada.
Ask HooJung Jones about Canada’s involvement in the Korean War and her eyes light up.
The 47-year-old Ancaster resident has dedicated much of her life to helping Korean War veterans and spreading the word about what Canadians did in that conflict both in Canada and in her native South Korea.
“Many young people don’t know what the Korean War is,” said Jones, who came to Hamilton in 1987 to study commerce at McMaster.
She also worked in the telecommunications field and is the past president of the Hamilton Folk Arts Heritage Council that runs Its Your Festival at Gage Park each summer.
About 12 years ago she got involved with the Korean Veterans Association of Canada and is currently the organization’s project coordinator and assistant webmaster as well as a tirelessadvocate for the Hamilton unit.
In 2005, she coauthored Canadians Our Heroes 1950–1953 Korean War and was presented with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by Governor General David Johnston in Toronto on June 26.
A native of Seoul, her father is a former member of the South Korean army and her mother was among the 14,000 North Korean refugees who sailed to freedom on the S.S. Meredith Victory on Dec. 24, 1950.
Her parents came to Canada in 2000.
“We really appreciate the Korean War veterans who fought,” said Jones, who is always quick to point out that her family would not be in Canada today if the United States and the United Nations (including Canada) had not sent troops to Korea to push back the Communist attack from the North. “Many people don’t know 16 countries went to Korea and Canada (had) the third largest contingent.”