As Canadians we come together today to remember and honour those who have served their country. The war-time contributions of animals will also be recognized with the laying of a wreath by a volunteer with the Georgian Triangle Humane Society during the National Remembrance Day Ceremony in Collingwood.
A variety of animals have served during times of war. Mules carried artillery, horses transported troops and hauled field guns, pigeons delivered crucial messages and dogs served as messengers, medical assistants, bomb detectors and search and rescue workers. To commemorate their contributions, an Animals in War Dedication was unveiled in 2012 in Ottawa’s Confederation Park.
Placing the wreath during the ceremony will be GTHS Board Member, Barbara Foster, who will be proudly wearing the Ontario SPCA’s annual Animals in War pin alongside her poppy. The commemorative pin was launched last year by the Ontario SPCA to honour the wartime contributions of animals. For each pin sold, $1 will be donated to the Royal Canadian Legion to support veterans.
“My dad, Alan Foster, was in the 23rd Field Regiment 83rd Battery RCA 1940 – 1946. He always talked of the importance of animals during his tenure and the sadness of seeing them lying in fields killed by battle. Honouring the bravery and service of these animals is very close to my heart.” – said Barbara Foster.
Pins are available for sale at the Georgian Triangle Humane Society Shelter (549 Tenth Line, Collingwood) or Treasure Tails (186 Hurontario Street).
“Remembrance Day is a somber day, but a very special occasion, as the Georgian Triangle Humane Society formally honours the bravery and service of animals in wartime,” says Sonya Reichel, Executive Director. “We reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans who have served Canada and the courageous animals that have stood by their side in times of war and peace.”