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Animals in War Memorial, London

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The Animals in War Memorial is a war memorial in Hyde Park, London. It is located on Park Lane, at the junction with Upper Brook Street, on the eastern edge of the park.The memorial was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to commemorate the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. It was unveiled in November 2004 by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.HistoryThe memorial was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book Animals in War, and was made possible by a specially created fund of £1.4 million from public donations of which Cooper was a co-trustee. The memorial consists of a 55 ft by 58 ft (16.8 m by 17.7 m) curved Portland stone wall: the symbolic arena of war, emblazoned with images of various struggling animals, along with two heavily-laden bronze mules progressing up the stairs of the monument, and a bronze horse and bronze dog beyond it looking into the distance.The Animals in War Memorial was officially opened on 24 November 2004 by Anne, Princess Royal.In May 2013, it was one of two London war memorials vandalised on the same night. The word 'Islam' was spray-painted on it and the nearby RAF Bomber Command Memorial.InscriptionsBeneath the main header, "Animals in War", the memorial has two separate inscriptions; the first and larger reads:"This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time."
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  • After going for a walk near my hotel I came across this memorial just down from Marble Arch. It is a lovely fitting tribute to all those animals used for various war efforts throughout the years again...  more »
  • As an animal lover, I made it a point to wander past here and snap a few years photos on my recent trip to London. It really is a touching memorial to all of the animals who have served over the years...  more »
  • This war memorial is a tribute to the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. The memorial is located on Park Lane, at the edge of Hyde Park. A m...  more »
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  • One of the most moving places I have ever seen. Such a deserved memorial for so many animals who work during war. Like it says they had no choice. A must see for everyone visiting London
  • A sad reminder of how we used animals in the war and how we still exploit them for no reason today.
  • Probably the most beautiful monument I have ever seen - not just the aspect of it, but especially the message.
  • A stunning piece of art.
  • Just a lovely memorial.

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