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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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  • July 24, 2017
    Just drove by it and I was surprised to see it, but it is a nice tribute to the animals lost in war.  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    For all animal lovers - one of the greatest memorials standing. They served because they had no choice! My Grandfather's horse in the first wild war was called 'socks' - this is such a fitting tribute...  more »
  • June 22, 2017
    This 2004 monument rises to the challenge of recognizing and commemorating the countless animals that have served with British armed forces. People who care about animals are bound to be moved by it. ...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • September 16, 2017
    i was jogging and came across this, its a good memorial
  • December 18, 2016
    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
  • October 31, 2016
    Probably the most beautiful monument I have ever seen - not just the aspect of it, but especially the message.
  • April 30, 2017
    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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