Tamborine Village Lions Club unveils memorial to animals which have died in wars

In memory: Nadia O'Carroll and Paul Krahnen with the new Tamborine Village Lions Club memorial for animals who died in war.

In memory: Nadia O'Carroll and Paul Krahnen with the new Tamborine Village Lions Club memorial for animals who died in war.

Tamborine Village Lions Club has unveiled a plaque dedicated to animals which have lost their lives in wars.

The plaque, which stands beside the cenotaph in the Tamborine Memorial Hall grounds, honours the creatures who played indispensable roles in conflict.

About 16 million animals served in World War I alone. Camels, horses and elephants were used in early conflicts, along with pigeons.

"Many other animals have been reportedly used in various specialised military functions, including rats and pigs," Tamborine Lions Club publicity officer Shirlene Pott said.

"Dogs have long been employed in a wide variety of military purposes, more recently focusing on guarding and bomb detection, and along with dolphins and sea lions, are in active use today."

The purple poppy features on the memorial, which was partly donated by former Division 2 Councillor Nadine Carroll.

The image, based on the red poppy of remembrance, originated in the UK.

Ms Pott said the Lions would honour the animals on the National Day for War Animals - February 24.

"We will have a commemorative service next year in honor of their spirits," she said.

She thanked Mrs Carroll for donating the plaque, and for her work work with the club.

Mrs Carroll also mans the kitchen at the community Christmas carols and twilight markets.

"We, the Lions, very much appreciate your services at the event," Ms Pott said.

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Poignant: The plaque on the memorial.

Poignant: The plaque on the memorial.

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