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Animals in War Memorial, London

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The Animals in War Memorial is a war memorial in Hyde Park, London. It is located on Park Lane, at the junction with Upper Brook Street, on the eastern edge of the park.The memorial was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to commemorate the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. It was unveiled in November 2004 by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.HistoryThe memorial was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book Animals in War, and was made possible by a specially created fund of £1.4 million from public donations of which Cooper was a co-trustee. The memorial consists of a 55 ft by 58 ft (16.8 m by 17.7 m) curved Portland stone wall: the symbolic arena of war, emblazoned with images of various struggling animals, along with two heavily laden bronze mules progressing up the stairs of the monument, and a bronze horse and bronze dog beyond it looking into the distance.The Animals in War Memorial was officially opened on 24 November 2004 by Anne, Princess Royal.On May 27 2013, it was one of two London war memorials vandalised on the same night. The word 'Islam' was spray-painted on it causing £2,766 in damage and the nearby RAF Bomber Command Memorial causing £6,500 in damage. A 31-year-old London man later admitted to vandalising the memorials. The man was charged for a total of 94 vandalism and destruction of property offences carried out over several weeks against homes, cars, memorials and a church causing a total of £56,909 in damage.
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  • The monument located in Hyde Park, reminds the animals that have been part of the wars, those who have died because of man's lack of humanity. It's very sad, but I think it serves to rethink facts as horrible as wars. You can read: "This monument is dedicated to all animals. He served and died alongside British and Allied forces. In wars and campaigns over time."
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  • This is a great monument to those animals from the wars that one can walk around and touch looking at every detail that has gone onto each single piece. Well worth a close look.  more »
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  • Gorgeous monument commemorating the sacrifice of animals, large and small, employed by British and Commonwealth forces during the Great War. The memorial is situated on a traffic island to the North-East of Hyde Park, not too far from Marble Arch and Speaker's Corner. Sadly ignored by the majority of people who walk past it, it is a stunning work of art that deserves to be appreciated by us all.
  • Nice memorial on the crosswalk to Hyde Park. Also a good pokeystop
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