14 Newsletter -Remembrance Day, Canada/Korea
of his parents buried in same hallowed ground
of British soldier places Christmas decorations on Monument to Canadian Fallen
in the United Nations Cemetery
Christmas decorations on the Monument to Canadian Fallen in the United Nations
Memorial Cemetery was a very special act of tribute by the son of a British soldier.
Patrick Heron, son
of Corporal James Heron of the Royal Norfolk Regiment and Ellen Heron, is in Busan
right now, paying tribute to his parents who are buried there and to Fallen servicemen
from the Commonwealth nations.
father was killed in action in Korea in 1951, serving with the Royal Norfolk Regiment.
His mother was buried beside her husband in 2001 - her final wish.
Patrick also placed
floral tribute at the Monument to Canadian Fallen and on the graves of British
and Canadian Fallen whose next of kin had been guests of the Ministry of Patriots
and Veterans Affairs on November 11, 2008.
is when Patrick and 40 other bereaved family members took part in the November
11 Turn Toward Busan National Ceremony of Thanks and Remembrance for United Nations
was so moved by the ceremony and so happy with the other family members that he
met that he has stayed in touch with them ever since.
September he visited in Gueph, Ontario, Canada with Mildred Timbers and her daughter,
Joanne Ware, both of whom he met in Korea.
had been in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery visiting the grave of Mildred’s
brother, Private Kenneth Wellington Norton, who was killed in action serving with
the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
In Guelph, Patrick
received a hat from Mildred that had been given to her during a briefing of the
Dominion Institute, which conducts the Memory Project to chronicle and archive
remembrances of Canadian Veterans.
took it to Korea with him and used it to adorn the figure of the Korean boy on
the Canadian monument. The boy is depicted being escorted to a new future by a
Canadian serviceman who gave his own days for the boy’s tomorrows.
While in Canada,
before returning to the UK and then going on to Korea, Patrick also visited Larry
Schwenneker, whose father Corporal Melvin Schwenneker, is buried in the United
Nations Memorial Cemetery.
father was killed in action with a 1st PPCLI fighting patrol in June, 1951.
He also visited in
Canada with Fred MacDonald, whose brother Burce Merlin MacDonald is buried there.
Fred’s brother, Bruce
MacDonald, had been killed still firing a Vickers machinegun when his platoon
position was over-run during the Battle of Kapyong, in April, 1951. He was serving
with the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricias.
also placed a Cross, composed of scarlet poppies, on the Monument to Canadian
and citizens like him, ensure that those who fell in the Korean War are not forgotten.
is also the fervent wish of officials and supporting staff from 15 Korean Ministries
who serve on the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.
They are working
hard to finalize plans aimed at honouring all the World's Korean War Veterans
programs will be will be held both in Korea and in the home countries of all 21
of the countries that provided Korea with armed forces, civilian medical teams
and humanitarian aid workers during the Korean War.
Me With Soldiers
the website of
late Norman Van Tassel
Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
played a lot of roles in life; I've met a lot of men,
I've done a lot of things
I'd like to think I wouldn't do again.
And though I'm young, I'm old enough
to know someday I'll die.
And to think about what lies beyond, beside whom
I would lie.
Perhaps it doesn't matter much; Still if I had my choice,
want a grave amongst Soldiers, when at last death quells my voice.
of the hypocrisy of lectures of the wise.
take the man, with all the flaws, Who goes, though scared, and dies.
I knew were commonplace. They didn't want the war;
fought because their fathers and their fathers had before.
They cursed and
killed and wept... God knows, they're easy to deride...
But bury me with men
like these! They faced the guns and died.
It's funny when you think of it,
The way we got along,
We'd come from different worlds to live in one where
no one belongs,
I didn't even like them all; I'm sure they'd all agree.
I would give my life for them. I know some did for me...
So bury me with soldiers,
please, though much maligned they be.
Yes, bury me with soldiers, for I miss
We'll not soon see their likes again; we've had our fill of
But bury me with men like them, till someone else does more
to Veterans Association websites
article provided courtesy of the Korean War Veteran, email@example.com