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Shrine of Remembrance - Our Courageous Animals

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They fought alongside our Australian Diggers Animal Mascots
This is an incredibly special year in the remembrance of our soldiers and diggers as it is "100 Years of ANZAC" since World War I; lest we forget.

Eternal Flame
Eternal Flame - Lest we forget
But not only did our soldiers give their lives with immense spirit and courage, but so did their beloved animals such as their horses, donkeys, pigeons, dogs and cats. Some of these animals even received medals for their bravery. One donkey named "Duffy" saved multiple wounded soldiers lives by carrying them safely to much needed medical care. Pigeons carried top secret messages tied to their legs to help our secret service. Dogs were used for companionship, as well as sniffing out bombs with their incredible sense of smell. And dogs are still used today by our troops overseas. 136,000 Australian horses were shipped across to carry the Light Horse Brigade into battle so they could fight more effectively and carry equipment and food used by the soldiers. These strong war horses had to brave a long trip on the ocean to then be killed carrying their riders into conflict.

Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne Australia
Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne Australia

One lone horse out of all those brave beasts made it back alive to Australia. His name was "Sandy" and he is remembered at the Shrine of Remembrance.

There is a unique chance for you to learn all about him and these other mascots of the war over the Spring School Holidays.

The Shine of Remembrance is holding 45 minute tours from 21 September to the 2 October two times a day at 10:15 and then again at 1:15 daily. It is perfect for kids ages 6 and above.

Digger and Grandaugther
Digger and his Grandaughter

You get to see all the artifacts in the Galleries and find out about the airman's furry mascots of the Second World War.
Wall of Poppies
Wall of Poppies Shrine of Remembrance
It will be a special time for you to search the wall for the name of one of your ancestors and place a poppy by their name. There might even be a photo of a hero in your family on display.

Diggers old Photos Shrine of Remembrance
Displays of Diggers and Animals

If it is a beautiful spring day, meet by the MAN and DONKEY Memorial outside. If it's raining, join us in the Visitors centre.

Visitors Entrance Shrine of Remembrance
Visitors Entrance Shrine of Remembrance

This is a must do over the holidays FREE event, but please remember, this shrine supports our diggers and their remaining families, so a gold coin donation is much appreciated. Or why not buy a ANZAC 100 year badge or poppy? It all goes to support those diggers who gave up their lives so we Australians remain free.

For further details, see the website.
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Why? Lest we forget the animals bravery as well
When: 10:15 or 1:15 each day of School Holidays
Cost: FREE - Gold Coin Donation
Your Comment
I wasn't aware of tours at the Shrine, thanks for the article and for remembering the animals whose sacrifice was no different to those of the people they served.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7359) 1523 days ago
Being an animal lover...I enjoyed this article. I have been to a similar remembrance place for animals in Scotland:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1523 days ago
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