Robert Groulx, President of the Eastern Townships Veterans Committee, is putting out a call for veterans or the families of veterans of the Korean War that they might be able to receive the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal.
“This is the highest distinction that can be given to a Canadian veteran by the Korean Republic,” Groulx told The Record, explaining that he originally went looking for local Korean War vets back in 2012 when the world was getting ready to recognize the 60th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War. At the time, the Korean government only gave permission for the medal to be awarded to living veterans, but just last week Groulx said that he received word that the honour will now also be granted posthumously to the families of veterans who have already died.
“If you have in your family someone who fought in the Korean War and who has not been recognized with the Korean Ambassador for Peace medal, please get in touch,” Groulx said, sharing that although he is focusing his outreach within the Eastern Townships, he will try to help anyone who gets in contact with him. “This data collection is an important step for me to make sure that I have done everything in my power for these Korean Vets and their families,” he added.