Take a moment to remember our animal heroes
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.”
SACRIFICE: Purple poppies remember animals killed during war.