Every November 11th on Remembrance Day, people from countries around the world ensure the memory of men and women who have served and sacrificed their lives during wartime are honoured.
However, the sacrifices of the millions of animals that also served and lost their lives must also be remembered and honoured. Battles could not have been fought and won without the heroic efforts of the horses, mules and donkeys that played a vital function during times of war. They had no choice and as a nation and as a species, we are forever in their debt. Here is a video compiled by the CHDC to remember equines who have served.
This year the CHDC has laid a wreath to commemorate equines at Beautiful Joe Park in Meaford, Ontario. Beautiful Joe was a dog from Meaford, whose story inspired the bestselling 1893 novel Beautiful Joe, which contributed to worldwide awareness of animal cruelty. Millions of copies have been sold worldwide. The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society preserves and promotes the historical legacies of Beautiful Joe as well as the author of the book, Margaret Marshall Saunders, remembering the natural bond between animals and humans.
This year’s tribute to equines who have served sits at the Service Dogs Monument in the park where tribute is paid to Service Dogs with a monument entitled “Together We Are Whole“. It recognizes and honours outstanding interaction between people and animals, as demonstrated by canines trained to assist people in need. We can see a no more fitting place to remember equines alongside a dedication to canines who loyally assist people.
We thank the Beautiful Joe Heritage Society, as well as Awesome Bloosoms in Owen Sound for creating the beautiful wreath.
Photo: S. Grainger
The wreath positioned at Beautiful Joe Park.
Our thanks to Shelley Grainger and spouse Terry, for laying the wreath and attending for all equines and other animals lost at war.