ANZAC Day and War Animal Day

On ANZAC Day, we are reminded of the service of animals in war.

The first International War Animal Day took place on 24 February 2024, recognised in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada, France and the UK. The sacrifice of millions of animals who served – and continue to serve – alongside defence force personnel is remembered. It is fitting to include animals in ANZAC services as well.

The article below from the Southern Cross ( for April 2024 shows the War Animal Day display created by the Northern Yorke Peninsula Quilters and others at the Star of the Sea Aged Care home in Wallaroo. It reminds us not only of animals’ service in war, but how assistance and companion animals have ongoing roles in emotional and physical support to veterans and others impacted by conflict.
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