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Australia Pigeon steals poppies to make its home at the Australian War Memorial

08:40  07 november  2019
08:40  07 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary

  Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversary Poppy-stealing pigeon offers poignant reminder of war anniversaryThe pigeon has created the nest with the red flowers under the soft light of a stained glass window at The Australian War Memorial, the West Australian newspaper reported.

Treloar Crescent Campbell ACT 2612 Australia . The Memorial is located at the top of Anzac We recommend allowing a full day to experience everything the Australian War Memorial has to offer. The Memorial has two cafes: Poppy 's cafe (located in the Memorial grounds) is open 8.30 am – 4.30

Home . Each handcrafted poppy was created by a volunteer to represent an Australian life lost in the First World War. When Phillip Johnson and the team behind the 5,000 Poppies project began “planting” 62,000 poppies at the Australian War Memorial to mark the centenary of the Armistice

a pile of stuffed animals: A pigeon has made its nest in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.© Ian Roach A pigeon has made its nest in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Memory.

A surprise tenant has made an unlikely home in the Australian War Memorial's most solemn place of remembrance.

The Hall of Memory has become host to a pigeon, which has stolen poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its nest.

Photos show the pigeon nestling by the stained glass window of a wounded Australian soldier in a corner of the revered, mosaic-covered hall.

The wounded soldier symbolised the quality of "endurance", and the nest of poppies nearby was a "reminder of the powerful bond between man and beast on the battlefield", the war memorial said.

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Poppies adorn the panels of the Memorial 's Roll of Honour, placed beside names as a small personal tribute to the memory of a particular person, or to any of the thousands of individuals commemorated there. This practice began at the interment of the Unknown Australian Soldier on 11 November 1993.

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a bird standing on a wooden surface: The pigeon stole poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its new home.© Supplied The pigeon stole poppies from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to make its new home.

While pigeons are unloved in some quarters, historian Dr Meleah Hampton said they had been used in both war and civilian life for centuries.

"Whenever we talk about animals in war, they are fulfilling a purpose or performing a task that people can't do easily on their own," she said.

"So we use horses for transporting people or pulling guns, and we use pigeons as an answer to our problems with communication.

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  Royals lead UK in tribute to war dead Britain stood silent for two minutes as it paused to remember those killed in war, with the main ceremony at Whitehall attended by the royals and dignitaries. The royal family have led solemn tributes to the nation's war dead at the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in central London. A uniformed Prince of Wales was the first to place a wreath of poppies at the foot of the memorial on behalf of the Queen, who appeared to wipe away a tear as she watched the ceremony from a nearby balcony.

Poppy 's Café is located on the Australian War Memorial grounds. We are open daily from 8.30am to The beauty of Poppy ’s is its warmth and design simplicity. The café’s design gives full, deserving attention to the Enquiries about function at the Memorial can be directed to our hospitality partner

As Australians the Australian War Memorial is a difficult place to visit. When you decide to go you are He explained that there was originally no plan for the red poppies to be placed on the Roll of By visiting the Australian War Memorial you are making the effort to learn at a much deeper level

"Particularly in the early wars, communication is really difficult. Wireless is in its absolute infancy in the First World War and telephone wires get broken apart in the shellfire on the Western Front.

"So pigeons are particularly of use in warfare when you've got a couple of men trying to get a message from where they are back to the backline; a pigeon can get that through sometimes when nothing else can."

Pigeons came back into use in the Second World War, a conflict that at face value appeared to involve only modern technology.

"We've got our trucks instead of horses, and wireless radio, and sophisticated radar signals, and all those sorts of things," Dr Hampton said.

"But particularly in the Pacific, the mountains and the humidity meant that the wireless radios didn't work very well," she said.

Pigeons were the most effective way of getting messages up and over ranges, and throughout the islands.

"The Australian Corps of Signals Pigeon Service was established, and thousands of birds were used to help solve the military's problems with communication."

The memorial discovered its new resident pigeon ahead of National War Animals Day early next year, which the Canberra landmark will commemorate with activities on Sunday February 23, 2020.

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