National Day for War Animals – a day to honour all animals who have served alongside our Defence Forces in past conflicts and modern operations – will be commemorated this Thursday, 24 February 2022.
The Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO), led by president Nigel Allsopp, promotes awareness, supports memorials and current service animals, and was the force behind the establishment of the National Day for War Animals in 2019 – giving Australians an opportunity to recognise the extraordinary loyalty and courage of all war animals, and to help our communities honour the service and sacrifice of these remarkable companions.
This year’s National Day for War Animals will will be even more special in Hervey Bay, with the Hervey Bay RSL commemorating the day by unveiling a plaque presented by AWAMO, and a static display of mounted troop horses and other animals.
This event will take place at Freedom Park, commencing at 11am.
The Light Horse Regiment Hervey Bay Troop will be on hand to make the day even more special.
Australian Light Horse Association national president Lawrence Watts said the Australian Light Horse Association Ltd and all its members were honoured to support AWAMO events.
“Through their respective re-enactment light horse troops throughout Australia, we’re in full support of the Australian War Animals Memorial Organisation – especially National War Animals Day,” Mr Watts said.
Further support for National War Animal Day comes from the RAAF Dog Handlers Association (RDHA), recognising and assisting past and current dog handlers.
Ray Thomas, director of international projects RDHA said stated National War Animal Day – also known as Purple Poppy Day – was very significant to the RAAF Dog Handlers Association.
“Recognising all the war animals over many years and raising awareness of the intelligence, friendship and sacrifice these animals have brought to defence strategies and history of our country is important to us,” Mr Thomas said.”
Accepting a donation of more than $24,000 as an ambassador for AWAMO from The Purple Poppy team, Kendall Crocker said AWAMO continued to promote remembrance of animals in war through various activities throughout the year.
“The service and sacrifice of our wonderful military working animals shouldn’t be forgotten,” Dr Crocker said.
“It is important to remember.
“Commemorating the National Day for War Animals and continuing to honour their service during other commemorative periods, including Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, helps to honour history, and remember their bravery.”
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