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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.On May 27 2013, it was one of two London war memorials vandalised on the same night. The word 'Islam' was spray-painted on it causing £2,766 in damage and the nearby RAF Bomber Command Memorial causing £6,500 in damage. A 31-year-old London man later admitted to vandalising the memorials. The man was charged for a total of 94 vandalism and destruction of property offences carried out over several weeks against homes, cars, memorials and a church causing a total of £56,909 in damage.
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  • This is a well designed and a great sculptured tribute to all the animals that have been in wars You can walk around this sculpture and touch them as well and a great place to take visitors Well recom...  more »
  • This memorial is unlike any I have seen before, as it explains the various animals that have lost their lives in the world wars, and it goes on to explain how they didn’t have a choice in going to war...  more »
  • London is full of monuments in honor and recognition to the fallen in the various wars that have taken place. This monument recognizes animals killed in those wars, by this symbolism I really liked.
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  • An oft-overlooked gem well worth a visit. It honors all animals--from glow worms to horses--who were used in warfare over the years. This is a sweet and moving way to honor their sacrifice.
  • i was jogging and came across this, its a good memorial
  • 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
  • Probably the most beautiful monument I have ever seen - not just the aspect of it, but especially the message.
  • A sad reminder of how we used animals in the war and how we still exploit them for no reason today.

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