Animals who served in conflicts remembered

The countless animals who have served in conflicts around the world have been remembered with the laying of wreaths at the Animals in War Memorial in London today (Friday 12th November 2021). 

Two wreaths were laid at the monument in Brook Gate, Park Lane this morning, on the edge of Marble Arch. 

Karen Reed, Director of Dogs Trust Worldwide, represented animal welfare charities and organisers Petplan Charitable Trust, accompanied by a Dogs Trust rescue dog, called Seal. 

Karen said: 

“This monument is a powerful reminder of all the animals that have served, suffered and died in wars and conflicts around the world.

“Being here with Dogs Trust rescue dog Seal today, representing not just Dogs Trust but all of the other animal welfare organisations and Petplan Charitable Trust, is a huge honour. 

“It’s been a very moving morning, thinking about the enormous contribution made by our four and two-legged animal friends over the years.” 

Like last year, the wreath-laying was a quieter-than-usual affair, due to Covid restrictions. It has taken place annually since 2004, when the memorial – designed by English sculptor David Backhouse - was unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal. Each year, on the Friday nearest to Remembrance Sunday, Petplan Charitable Trust organises a special service to commemorate the horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, pigeons and other animals who have served the country in wartime, and animal charities come to pay their respects.