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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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  • We were so happy that we were able to see this beautiful monument dedicated to those animals that served in the war. Beautiful tribute and touching to the heart. Any animal lover will be in awe. The a...  more »
  • If you see this from afar or from atop a tour bus then do try to get off and have a closer look as you will see the workmanship in the statues and feel the scale of them face to face as you say This i...  more »
  • Such beautiful statues of the forgotten war heroes. Very well done. I saw them from the bus and they really caught my eye. Well worth going to look at and habing a look around the area.  more »
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  • Probably the most beautiful monument I have ever seen - not just the aspect of it, but especially the message.
  • Really impressive even in the rain
  • Its a good thing that they are honouring the animals used in WW2. They had no choice.
  • Totally love this sculpture/memorial and stop by as I use my bike to and from work. The sculptor was David Backhouse. Over 9 million horses, mules & donkey's died in the First World War. Primarily used for transportation to the various fronts with many of them dying in horrible circumstances. They were also used in the 2nd World War and of course many other conflicts. If you are an animal lover this memorial is a moving experience and one worth visiting whilst in London. Over on my Google + account I am a bit of a sculpture/memorial fan and just love all these wonderful sculptures and memorials we have in London and surrounding counties. This is a "must visit" and spend some valuable time there, you will be moved.
  • Dammit....assaulted by onion chopping ninja's in broad daylight in my own capital!!! Right about the time I saw the words "They had no choice"....