Ballarat stopped to remember all who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of today’s generation, including the furry and feathered kind.
Birds were released at the conclusion of the Anzac Day Commemorative Service at the Sturt Street Cenotaph to honour the animals who also went to war.
The Ballarat branch of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Victoria also marched with their furry friends during the annual Anzac Day parade.
“They’re the same as a soldier, they were put into many situations and (some) couldn’t be brought back home,” one member said.
Pigeons, dogs, cats, camels, horses and donkeys played an integral part in Australia’s war effort, and were often used to carry messages, medical supplies and ammunition to the front.