November 2018 marks 100 years since the end of WW1 and the conclusion of Brooke’s yearlong Every Horse Remembered campaign, launched in November 2017 to highlight the heroic struggle of working horses, donkeys and mules of the past and present, and help build better lives for future generations.
Throughout the month, Brooke is urging supporters around the world to hold their own moments of remembrance and honour the millions of soldiers and equines who died.
Brooke CEO Petra Ingram and Every Horse Remembered ambassador Alice Oppenheimer will attend a private event at the Animals in War Memorial in London on 9 November. They will lay a wreath containing messages of sympathy and remembrance received from supporters on Brooke’s Facebook page, where the event will be live-streamed for supporters.
Alice said: “As an Every Horse Remembered ambassador, I’m pleased to be representing Brooke at the Animals in War Memorial. It’s so important that we honour the bravery of the millions of horses who served alongside our soldiers in World War I.”
At the event, Alice and Petra will wear Brooke’s Every Horse Remembered pin badge, which pays tribute to the contribution of equines during the war. Supporters can purchase a badge of their own for £3 at BrookeShop.org. Depicting the campaign logo, the badge can be worn alongside a remembrance poppy to show respect for the horses and donkeys who served alongside soldiers.
Supporters are also encouraged to lay a customised Every Horse Remembered wreath at a place of personal importance or a local cenotaph (if permission is received from the local authority). The Every Horse Remembered logo is available on Brooke’s website and can be attached to a wreath.
Eight million horses, donkeys and mules died on all sides during the First World War, not only from fierce shellfire but also the extreme conditions they had to endure. Unfortunately these conditions are still a reality for millions of equines working around the world today.
In raising awareness of those who have passed, Brooke can continue to help more vulnerable working horses, donkeys and mules in the future.
Read our poignant remembrance feature in our latest issue. We look back on the heroic and indispensable contribution the millions of horses, donkeys and mules made during the war.