Throughout history, in war and in peacetime, animals and mankind have worked alongside each other. As beasts of burden, messengers, protectors, mascots, and friends, the war animals have demonstrated true valour and an enduring partnership with humans. The bond is unbreakable, their sacrifice great – we honour the animals of war.
The initial aim of the Australian War Animal Memorial is to promote the establishment of War Animal plaques at Parks, RSLs or local and Federal government sites.
The main aim is to establish a permanent War Animal Monument for all Queenslanders to view in Brisbane city. This will act as a focal point for all Queenslanders to honour the contributions animals have made to our Nation.
It is a volunteer none-profit organization made up of community members from diverse backgrounds that have the likeminded aim to recognize the deeds of animals during Australian military service and to educate generations to follow of the sacrifices of four legged diggers have made.
Military service is defined by the AWAM as peace or war operations or employment. War Animals are defined by the AWAM as any animal breed used by the ADF or used in ADF service. This will include all past and present conflicts and operational roles such as:
- Military Working Dogs
- ADF Mascots
- Marine Mammals
- Other native and exotic animal used in aid or comfort of defence personnel