When we think of Remembrance Day, it is a time when we go deep inside ourselves with heartfelt, somber thoughts and prayers for the millions of humans who were injured and those who paid the ultimate price in war. It is a special day in Canada . . . a day which can evoke tears from the perceived toughest person. It is a day which can unite people both young and old in shared grief. It is a day for honouring those who gave us freedom and the country that we live in today.
But have you ever given a thought to those animals who were maimed or killed in war, who didn't have a choice? There were millions, yes, millions of horses, mules, dogs, pigeons, and elephants. They weren't pets, but they had heart; they went loyally with soldiers into unbelievable danger and most often, died in unimaginable conditions.
Here are some sad facts taken from the Canadian Animals in War Dedication Project:
I was happy and proud to learn that in 2012, in Confederation Park, Ottawa, the Animals in War Dedication was unveiled to recognize their incredible loyalty and sacrifice. Finally, animals of war are having their stories told. As a Canadian who is passionate about animals and our country, I felt compelled to bring this dedication to light.
So on this November 11th and every Remembrance Day, I invite you to honour and remember them in your own way . . . perhaps during your minute of silence at the eleventh hour.
To learn more about our own Canadian animals in war stories, please take some time to explore this website and remember.
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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