Ieuan Gilmore last saw Korea after completing his DMZ tour in 1955 with the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade Group. He remember the devastated villages and barren hills in the years immediately after the Armistice in 1953. He found them transformed: “I was absolutely astonished. All the hills that were burned and broken were beautifully forested. Every place there, if it has a square inch to plant something they planted. Everything was green and flowering and beautiful, and I saw two of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen in my life,” according to this report.
More than 500 Canadian soldiers were killed during the war. The note below from a Korean student remembers the sacrifice of UN soldiers during and after the war.