Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) commemorated the animals that served and died in conflict alongside British and Allied serviceman with a special Remembrance Gathering of HAPPA staff and war veterans from Burnley FC in the Community.
Animals have served in crucial parts of war these include equines, dogs, cats, camels, pigeons, and even a bear and an elephant are recorded as playing a vital role throughout the history of conflict.
Julie Pharaoh-Gan, HAPPA Development Manager explains “HAPPA commemorate those horses, ponies, donkeys and mules lost in battle every year with wreaths placed both at Shores Hey Farm and via a HAPPA supporter at The Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
This year we got in contact with our friends at Burnley FC in the Community and held a special silence on Friday 9th November. We will never forget those servicemen who gave their lives so that we may be free, but we should also remember the millions of animals who also fought and died alongside those men. Millions of equines were deployed in battle with many never making it back, “Lest We Forget”.