L E S T W E F O R G E T
Today, ANZAC Day, we remember both humans and animals that contributed their time, and for so many - their lives - to lay the path for the lives we live today as Australians.
The Purple Poppy is used to specifically signify the animals that contributed to the war effort. These brave creatures faced tasks and situations our family pets could never even imagine.
A range of animals laid their lives down delivering services to the war including:
Horses - for transport of humans
Donkeys - for transport of goods/materials/food/weapons
Pigeons - to carry military communication
Falcons - to intercept opposing pigeons
Dogs - to find wounded soldiers/locate enemy soldiers/mine detection/general protection
Cats - to keep rats and mice out of the trenches and camps, thus reducing the prevalence and spread of diseases they carry
Brave animal comrades, today we honour you. We remember you. We thank you.
Lest We Forget.