This monument is designed to acknowledge the contribution of the diverse range of animals that have served Australia in conflict. It is a bronze plaque presented to the Special Needs Section of the Glen Innes High School. Other features are a painted mural in the background featuring animals and a purple remembrance flower garden. At the ceremony, the Australian Animal Memorial Organization (AWAMO) President Nigel Allsopp presented a purple rose to be placed in the school garden. This rose came from a nursery and has been named Charles de Gaulle. The same rose will be placed at the war animal memorial in Pozieres in July 1917.
Following the ceremony of unveiling the memorial, the Special Education teacher stated, "We never could have organised this all without the support of Gordon Taylor, President of the RSL Sub-Branch, whose enthusiasm and hard work was inspiring."
The AWAMO was formed to ensure that animals used by our defence forces are not forgotten. As recorded in the ABC Gold Coast News, 22 April 2016, Mr Allsopp stated, "Our aim is to establish recognition of their service, deeds and sacrifices (with) memorials at selected RSLs and parks."
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