On this Anzac Day, we don’t just remember our brave service men and women. Let’s also honour the hundreds of thousands of horses, dogs, donkeys, mules and even pigeons who were never involved in the politics yet selflessly sacrificed their own lives in battles they’ll never be able to comprehend...
In World War One, of the 136,000 horses sent off to battle from Australia, tragically only one (named Sandy) ever returned home. While more recently a number of explosive detector dogs like Razz and Herbie (pictured with his handler Sapper Darren Smith who tragically lost his life) in the same have made the ultimate sacrifice while on patrols in Afghanistan, protecting Australian forces from improvised explosive devices (IED’s).
The sacrifice has been so significant that the purple poppy is now a symbol of remembrance for those animals that could be all too often forgotten.
These little faces give so much. Not just on the battlefield but also as comfort and support for our soldiers at their most difficult and testing times.