It is a monument for the animals that served and died alongside British Armed Forces in all the wars. They have been used as messengers, for detection, scouting and rescue. In the earlier wars, they have been used as beasts of burdens and in the frontline. They must have been so frightened but all the chaos and the loud sounds. Today, animals continue to be used detect explosives in the battlefields.
It is said that in human conflicts, animals are the victims.
We couldn’t find any purple poppies, so we wore the red poppies – to remember all those lives that were lost in the terrible wars. And paused for a moment of silence in the midst of London traffic.