Tahnee and Ava Lee at the Remembrance Day service at Emerald.
Tahnee and Ava Lee at the Remembrance Day service at Emerald. Rebekah Yelland

Taking time to think of daddy

IN honour of her dad serving overseas, Ava Lee proudly wore her "daddy shirt” to the Remembrance Day service in Emerald today.

The shirt is given to the children of the soldiers in the 7th battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, and Ava, with her mum Tahnee by her side, laid poppies and took time to think of dad, Matthew, while he is serving in Afghanistan.

Matthew has been deployed there since June this year, with his tour expected to finish about February next year.

It was just two weeks ago Tahnee and Matthew were celebrating at their wedding with friends and family in Emerald.

"Matthew and I were married two weeks ago when he was on deployment leave,” Tahnee explained.

"We only had 10 weeks to plan it, we've planned it twice previously but in the lead up to deployment we had to cancel due to too much uncertainty.”

She said due to having only 10 days leave, the couple haven't gone away on their honeymoon yet.

"When he gets back hopefully then,” Tahnee said.

Having both grown up in Emerald before moving down south, Tahnee said Ava and her moved back home to be closer to family while Matthew is overseas.

Matthew and Tahnee have been together for six years and the newlywed said Remembrance Day has always held a lot of meaning to them.

While they remember those who died in all the wars, it is a day to particularly remember those who have died in Afghanistan, she explained.

"It means so much, mostly because it is to remember them and pay our respects to them,” she said.

Ava wore her piglet battalion shirt, the name given to the kids of the battalion and also had her daddy pillow which features a photo of her dad.


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