- Featured this month: February 2024
FEBRUARY 2024 - National Day for War Animals is observed annually on 24 February. This month, explore our commemorative range, in remembrance of all animals in war.
Delve into our shelves and discover the extraordinary stories of our sometimes furry, sometimes feathered, but always faithful friends.
Explore our National Day for War Animals commemorative range, honouring the wartime service of all creatures, great and small.
Images from the Memorial's collection
Explore the Memorial's National Collection and uncover images of animals in action. Digital images or prints available for order.
Remembering all animals in war
Throughout Australia’s military history, animals have been deployed alongside troops in times of war, serving as transport, messengers, protectors and even mascots or pets. These creatures, great and small, were dutiful, offered companionship, and demonstrated acts of bravery whilst in service - saving the lives of many Australian soldiers.
(Image: AWM P07849.005)
The Purple Poppy
The poppy has long been a symbol of remembrance.
The purple poppy, also known as the "Animal Poppy", was chosen to commemorate the deeds and sacrifices of all animals in war.