Take a mo­ment to re­mem­ber our an­i­mal heroes

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

IT’S not of­ten spo­ken about on Anzac Day but many an­i­mals have lost their lives dur­ing years of con­flict.

To re­mem­ber the fallen an­i­mals, pur­ple pop­pies were es­tab­lished as a re­minder of all that was lost in the First and Sec­ond World Wars.

Dawn Og­den, trea­surer of the Mun­dub­bera RSL, said it was an ini­tia­tive that took many years to make hap­pen.

“It could’ve been the an­i­mal lib­er­a­tion but they were try­ing for years to get the an­i­mals in­volved in wars recog­nised by the sol­diers,” Mrs Og­den said.

She said an­i­mal in­volve­ment was valu­able dur­ing con­flicts.

“Without the an­i­mals we’d lose more men in the war,” Mrs Og­den said.

“The an­i­mals de­pend on the hu­man to look af­ter them and the hu­mans de­pend on the an­i­mals to keep them safe.”

The Aus­tralian War An­i­mal Me­mo­rial Or­gan­i­sa­tion is­sued the pur­ple poppy, which can be worn along­side the tra­di­tional red one.

De­spite set­ting up the pur­ple poppy in 2011, it took five years to ar­rive in Mun­dub­bera.

“It’s like a fire, once it’s burn­ing it just takes off,” Mrs Og­den said.

“We got an email about them, once I got the email I was very taken with it.

“We re­ally got talk­ing about how an­i­mals have al­ways been part of war and never recog­nised as part of it.”

It’s a well-known fact that thou­sands of an­i­mals were killed.

“There was 17,000 horses shot af­ter the First World War be­cause they couldn’t take them back to Aus­tralia,” Mrs Og­den said.

“Most of the Aus­tralians took their horses with them and only one sur­vived.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

SAC­RI­FICE: Pur­ple pop­pies re­mem­ber an­i­mals killed dur­ing war.

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