Today (Friday 13th November) local school children joined representatives from the UK’s most renowned animal welfare charities and advocacy organisations to pay their respects at the annual Animals in War Memorial event.

One-hundred-and-one years on from the start of the First World War and eleven years since the unveiling of the monument on London’s Park Lane, guests, both human and animal paused to remember, and pay their respects to all the animals who have served in conflicts over the years.

The Animals in War Memorial was unveiled in 2004 by HRH the Princess Royal. Trustees of the Animals in War Memorial Fund raised the £2 million needed to build the monument through a national appeal and the consequent generosity of many individual donors, charities and companies.

Representing the next generation, two local school children were also present after winning the Animals in War Poetry competition. Pupils from Warren Mead Junior School, Banstead were also at the service. They presented a collection of poems and drawings, inspired by Animals in War, at the memorial.

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