War animals remembered in Dublin ceremony

The Dublin History Group (DHG) held a little ceremony on Sunday, November 12, when it laid and blessed a plaque in the Dublin Institute Remembrance Avenue and Garden.

A dedication was held to the animals that serve, and continue to serve, in Australia’s Armed Forces.

This was inspired by the Purple Poppy that commemorates all animal deeds and sacrifices in war issued by the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO). DHG was in contact with the organisation’s director, Nigel Allsopp, for assistance and permission to use the beautiful logo on the plaque.

The funds for the plaque, engraved by Gemma Dickins, were raised through a car boot sale which was held on November 5 at the institute.

A French Lavender bush was planted by DHG above the plaque to commemorate the opening of the first Animal War Memorial on the Western Front at Pozieres on July 21, 2017.

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