RE­MEM­BRANCE Re­mem­brance Day rou­tine a pri­or­ity

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Beesley’s fam­ily mem­bers are learn­ing the im­por­tance of Re­mem­brance Day through their own loss.

Mr Beesley was 32 when he was killed in a work in­ci­dent in Tas­ma­nia in March last year.

The sud­den tragedy left his wife Katie with­out a hus­band and their two sons Fred­die, 5, and Rex, 3, with­out a dad.

While Mr Beesley’s death hap­pened when he was work­ing as a civil­ian, the ma­jor­ity of his adult life had been ded­i­cated to serv­ing his coun­try.

The Beesleys moved to Aus­tralia from the United King­dom in mid-2016, ar­riv­ing on the Coast six months later, to start the life for which they had longed.

Mr Beesley had spent the pre­vi­ous 13 years serv­ing in the Bri­tish Royal Marines.

His ser­vice in­cluded two gru­elling six to seven-month tours of Afghanistan in 2006 and in 2010.

“He al­ways had the big­gest smile and I do think his ex­per­i­fices.” ences helped him recog­nise what is most im­por­tant in life,” Mrs Beesley, 33, said.

She said her hus­band had been do­ing tem­po­rary work as a high-rope ac­cess tech­ni­cian at a mine when he was killed in a rock­fall.

Mr Beesley had been go­ing through an ap­pli­ca­tion process to serve in the Aus­tralian De­fence Force and was await­ing his fi­nal in­ter­view when he was killed.

He was due to be en­listed just five months later.

Mrs Beesley said Re­mem­brance Day had al­ways been im­por­tant in her fam­ily but had taken on more sig­nif­i­cance since her hus­band’s death.

She ex­plains to her sons their dad was a hero and still is a hero.

“Al­though Nathan is not here, I feel it is very im­por­tant to carry on our rou­tine as a fam­ily in re­gards to Re­mem­brance Day,” Mrs Beesley said.

“I do think peo­ple nowa­days for­get per­haps there are still con­flicts go­ing on in the world and peo­ple still mak­ing sac­riNATHAN She said she had been wel­comed by the Sun­shine Coast’s young vet­eran com­mu­nity since her hus­band’s death.

Mem­bers have come to her Ku­luin home to help her with gar­den­ing, for ex­am­ple.

“They are just a re­ally good sup­port net­work,” Mrs Beesley said. “They are just like one big fam­ily, to be hon­est.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Young Vet­er­ans Sun­shine Coast Face­book page.

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

NEXT GEN­ER­A­TION: Katie Beesley teaches her sons Fred­die (left) and Rex the im­por­tance of Re­mem­brance Day.

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