On Saturday, Airdrie hosted a ceremony remembering those who fought in the Battle of Gapyeong.

The event was to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the battle and was held at the new monument just west of the Town and Country Centre.

The monument commemorates the valour of the Veterans from the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment, who valiantly fought in the crucial battle from April 22-25, 1951, contributing to the defence of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, during the Korean War

According to Bill Drummond, First Vice President of the Airdrie Legion Branch 288 around 60 people showed up to show their support and honour those who fought in the battle.

"It's quite an event for us because there are only a few of these monuments in Canada, so we are quite proud to host an event like this."

Langley, Winnipeg, Brampton and Niagara Falls are the other places in Canada to have monuments.

AirdriePhoto of the monument provided by an Airdrie resident.

The monument also stands as a symbol of the enduring 60-year diplomatic bond between Canada and Korea.

"I want to thank everybody that came out to show their support and honour our soldiers, it was an amazing event and we hope to hold more in the future."

Drummond finished off by saying the Airdrie Legion does have a few members who were a part of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment.

The stone which the monument is made out of was mined and transported from regions in South Korea where key battles were fought during the war.

The Korean War Gapyeong Battle Victory Monument in Airdrie weighs approximately 11.5 tons and stands 2.8 metres tall and 2.2 metres wide.

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