WINNIPEG – One city councillor wanted to make sure the Kapyong name isn’t lost, especially as the future of the barracks on Kenaston remains unclear.
The moniker actually comes from a battle fought in Korea in 1951.
Scott Gillingham led the charge to re-name Amherst Park. As of today, the land at Ness Avenue and Amherst Street becomes Kapyong Park.
“We’re unveiling a new sign. But, we’re also unveiling today, an interpretive board that explains the battle, the story of Kapyong, and the sacrifice that our Canadian soldiers made,” Gillingham told 680 CJOB.
He says members of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, who were based here then, played a key role in protecting South Korea from the communists.
He adds meeting the last three Manitobans alive who were part of that effort was also part of the inspiration for changing the park’s name.