A 29-year-old former Parramatta Blues representative rugby union player is participating in memorial services marking the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
Lindsay Cozyn is an Able Seaman Cook in the Royal Australian Navy and a member of Australia’s Federation Guard. He is one of 13 guardsmen currently in Korea supporting events to mark 60-years since the end of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. They have been joined by Korean War veterans fro all over Australia.
Before his departure the former terra Sacnta College student said he was excited to be part of the commemorative services in Korea.
“I am looking forward to visiting Korea, to the historic battlefields where many Australians fought and died. I am also looking forward to meeting and talking to the veterans and hearing about their experiences in Korea,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay and his fellow guardsmen spent many long hours preparing for their visit to Korea. They rehearsed their drill many times over on the parade ground at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and at the official opening and closing ceremonies of the Hall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial.
“We were also given briefings on Korea and the War so we were fully aware of where we were going and the significance of the events we are commemorating,” Lindsay said.
Lindsay and other guardsmen were given a guided tour of the Korean War exhibition at the War Memorial and were joined by some Korean War veterans who explained aspects of the many exhibits.
This is not the first time Lindsay has travelled overseas with Australia’s Federation Guard.
“I have been to France and Belgium twice for Anzac Day commemorations and to Brunei for the Military Tattoo,” he said.
Lindsay has also served on HMAS Stuart on a 6-month deployment to the Middle East and has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.