Sunday, April 28, 2013

Animals in War

April 28, 2013

When I last photographed this memorial the plaques were covered with snow. There are some interesting details here. In the pavement there are horseshoe prints and dog foot prints leading up to the dog. The information on the plaques should be self explanatory.

Animals in war

For centuries, animals have demonstrated an enduring partnership with humans during times of war. They have served as means of transportaion, beasts of burden, messengers, protectors and mascots. Still today, dogs use their unique sharply tuned instincts to detect mine clusters, and conduct search and rescue operations. We remember the contribution and sacrifice of all animals.

Relentless shelling in the First World War (1914-1918) left huge craters of mud and sewage. Horses and mules could best navigate these difficult conditions to supply the front and evacuate the wounded.

Horses carried soldiers, and pulled gun carriages, supply wagons and ambulances. Many paid the ultimate price and their loss was mourned by those they served.