Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Korean Writers Association Honours Veterans

The Canadian Writers Association Canada held their Multi-Poem Festival on June 25th, 2011, at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby. Their theme, "Freedom, War, Peace", featured poems in English and Korean, with onscreen and oral translations provided each way. Pictured at left is president David Lee, with Canadian veteran Mel Anderson who served in Korea with 3 PPCLI.    

Veteran Glenn Palmer was with 1 PPCLI in the Korean War. He is pictured on the right with his grandson Vaughn, aged 9, who read a poem, "Another War For Peace".           
I was honoured to be asked to read "In Flanders Fields", so familiar to all of us raised in Canada and who have attended Remembrance Day ceremonies. Touchingly, translation was provided by Ms Chong In Im, on my right. She described her gratitude to the UN and Canadian forces who assisted South Korea in their time of need. She was born in Seoul December, 1949, just months before the Korean War broke out. "But for them, I would not be here today", she said. 

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