A 22-year-old Able Seaman from the Brisbane suburb of Bald Hills is among those commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice.
Kirsten Wilson is one of 13 members of Australia’s Federation Guard providing ceremonial support for event marking the end of hostilities on the Korean Peninsula. Federation Guards form the catafalque parties for memorial ceremonies at Australian, Commonwealth and United Nations memorials.
“I’m excited to be in Korea and experience a new country and its culture,” she said.
“I am also honoured to be visiting the sites where Australians fought during the Korean War and to participate in the memorial ceremonies and services,” Kirsten added.
She is travelling with a number of Korean War veterans who have journeyed from Australia to join in the commemorations. During the ten-day mission to Korea, “It’s a great opportunity to hear first hand the many stories from the War,’ she said.
Kirsten has been in the Navy for six year.
“I originally wanted to join the Army but ended signing up to the Navy for four years,” she said.
Now Kirsten is a qualified chef and cooking meals for up to 200 of her fellow sailors.
“I studied hospitality at school and did some work in the industry before joining, so chef seemed the logical choice,” Kirsten said.
When Kirsten returns from Korea in early August she is heading off back overseas to England with the ADF Hockey team. Kirsten played with the Navy team first and was selected from there to play for the ADF.
“I am really excited to be representing Australia,” she said
“It’s great that the ADF promotes sport so much and gives us the opportunity to play for our country,” Kirsten said.