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Korean War vet stamp denied

Guy Black, left, tried for three years to get a second stamp commemorating the Korean War and the Canadian vets that fought, but failed in his bid. The stamp was not chosen for 2013. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE
Guy Black, left, tried for three years to get a second stamp commemorating the Korean War and the Canadian vets that fought, but failed in his bid. The stamp was not chosen for 2013.
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A Port Moody man has lost his battle to get a Korean war stamp on the eve if what would have been the 59th anniversary of an armistice agreement reached in July 1953.

Despite three years of effort, Guy Black failed to get a commemorative stamp issued next year — marking the 60th anniversary of the war — and received notice in the least dignified manner possible: a form letter.

"That is what I expected. That's what you get," said Black, who wanted a stamp honouring the 26,000 Canadians who fought in the Korean War and the 516 who lost their lives as well as recognition of Canada's contribution in the international dispute.

Black faced an uphill battle from the start because Canada Post doesn't typically issue similar stamps in close proximity to one another but he said he hoped the policy would be waived because Korean War vets won't be around for the 75th or 100th anniversaries.

"It's the last chance," he said, noting that many veterans are in their 80s. "That's why I did the campaign, because it was the last kick at the can."

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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