Tuesday, June 26, 2012

South Korea Honors Canadian War Hero on Stamp

Randy Boswell of Postmedia News is reporting on the Canada.com website that, "South Korea has bestowed a unique honour on Canada's oldest surviving veteran of the Korean War, issuing a then-and-now set of stamps showing Maj. Campbell "Cam" Lane as he appeared during the 1950-53 war alongside a portrait of the 99-year-old Ottawa man — military medals proudly displayed — at the veterans' home where he lives today."

According to the article, Lane's daughter, Cathy Lane, said the family was "extremely pleased" with South Korea's remarkable postal tribute as were representatives of Canada's "ever-dwindling" community of Korean War veterans.

Bill Black, head of the Ottawa branch of the Korean Veterans' Association, is quoted as saying the depiction of Lane in the two stamps is a one-of-a-kind honour reserved for a centenarian ex-serviceman who was close to 40 when he served in Korea.

Lane, who headed a unit of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the Korean War, was hailed during a ceremony for playing "a highly significant role in restoring peace and freedom to the Republic of Korea."

To read the entire article, click here.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM