Memorial Project Begins at Kapyong Park to Honour Soldiers

Memorial Project Begins at Kapyong Park to Honour Soldiers

Battle of Kapyong
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry returning from patrol in Korea, 1951 (LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA/PA-128073)

WINNIPEG — Ground was broken Saturday on a memorial project to honour 700 soldiers of the Second Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) who fought in the Battle of Kapyong.

The Kapyong Park improvement project, located at 340 Amherst Street, will include the installation of unique decorative wood fencing, a paving stone plaza, memorial boulders, concrete seating blocks and walkways, benches, trees, and rubberized surfacing.

“This park honours the sacrifice and heroic actions of the servicemen of 2PPCLI, which was stationed in Winnipeg from 1969 to 2004,” said Scott Gillingham, Councillor for St. James — Brooklands — Weston.

“I encourage all residents and visitors to Winnipeg to pay tribute to the 2PPCLI servicemen who fought in the Battle of Kapyong.”

The park’s dedication honours the service members who fought in the Battle of Kapyong, April 22-25, 1951. Ten 2PPCLI soldiers died and 23 were wounded defending Kapyong against an invasion force of 5,000 communist soldiers.

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