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The unveiling of Poppy!

The War Horse Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the millions of UK, Allied and Commonwealth horses, mules and donkeys lost during The Great War. It pays tribute to the nobility, courage, unyielding loyalty and immeasurable contribution these animals played in giving us the freedom of democracy we all enjoy today and signifies the last time the horse would be used on a mass scale in modern warfare.

Warwick, Young & Maclean were approached to write a song by the War Horse Memorial team after a recommendation from a platinum selling artist. They were asked to write a classical crossover song telling the story about a horse going into the battlefields in World War 1, and to describe how the horses must have felt.

The result was a moving, emotional and poignant song called “To Glory” which tells the story of the horse and its fear, its bravery and its loyalty to its trusted human comrade. The thought provoking lyrics, together with a beautifully crafted orchestral piece, provide a song that pulls at the heart strings, and pays tribute to the horses, mules and donkeys that worked the frontline together with the soldiers.

Warwick, Young & Maclean have also been asked to write a song to commemorate horses and their bravery in time of war to co-inside with the new National Purple Poppy Day on August 23, 2018. This song is both emotional and moving, remembering and paying tribute to those animals that gave service and sacrifice.

It is planned for the song “To Glory” to be released this year as a single to celebrate both the unveiling of the Memorial and the 100- year anniversary of the Armistice. It is also planned for the song “A Million Tears” to be released in association with the Purple Poppy Appeal.

After 4 years of hard work and planning, Poppy the War Horse was unveiled for the first time to the general public on Friday 8th June 2018.  Warwick, Young and Maclean were invited to attend the unveiling amongst other dignitaries, celebrities and representatives from America, Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and the Royal British Legion.

Following a Nationwide competition, the name ‘Poppy’ was chosen by The Brownie and Girl Guide Association.

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