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10:10 am February 12, 2022



A singer from Felixstowe has topped the classical charts with a song about the important role animals have played throughout the years of conflict.

Christina Johnston is the vocals for a new single called “A Million Tears”, which is helping to launch the first International Day of Remembrance for War Animals on February 24.


The coloratura soprano sang in front of the President of China and the President of the Czech Republic
– Credit: Christina Johnston

Sung by the acclaimed soprano, Christina acknowledges the contribution that horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, cats and many other animals have made in countless wars.

The song went to number one on iTunes’ British Classical Chart.

The singer, from Framlingham, said: “It’s such an honor to represent The War Horse Memorial through this beautiful track to raise money for charity to help animals and veterans.

“I love all animals so much, especially horses, and when I was asked to be an ambassador for this wonderful organization, it was such a compliment. And then to be asked to be so the voice was a double delight Spending a day marked especially to remember the animals in this way, and the way they served us is, I think, appropriate and appropriate.

Proceeds from all sales proceeds will be donated to War Horse Memorial to support the work of equestrian sanctuaries and military charities.

The song, co-written by Warwick, Young and Maclean, explains how warring nations commandeered animals to work alongside soldiers in battle, and how the purple poppy became a powerful and poignant symbol of their endurance and resilience. loss.

Alan Carr MBE, co-founder of War Horse Memorial, said: “This beautiful hymn, sung to perfection by Christina Johnson, one of our Global Ambassadors, pays tribute to the animals who, during the two world wars and conflicts that followed, served the ambitions of man.

“Eight million horses and countless mules and donkeys died in the First World War alone. They were used to transport ammunition and supplies to the front; dogs were used to carry messages in the trenches and cats to kill the rats that thrived in such appalling conditions.

“On Armistice Sunday, we rightly remember the men and women who fought and died for us. It’s only fitting that one day in the year the world come together to remember the service animal and sacrifices too.”

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