Animals in War - We will remember them
Remembering Animals in War, Past and Present
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|On Armistice Day (11 November) when the two minutes silence takes place at 11am, please spare a thought for all those animals who have died in war and who have been and are today affected by it. Let us remember them.|
Animals in war in the past
Armistice Day - also known as Remembrance Day - gives us an opportunity to remember all those who gave their lives in war, and who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and to thank those who continue to serve and to remember their families as well.
Animal charities with information about animals serving in war include The Blue Cross, The Brooke, SPANA and the National Army Museum. They all have information about the role animals and horses particularly played. The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award any animal can receive whilst serving in military conflict.
The British, Commonwealth and Allied forces enlisted millions of animals. Horses, mules, donkeys, dogs, pigeons, elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, rats, canaries and even glow worms. Many were killed, often suffering from wounds, starvation, thirst, exhaustion, disease and exposure. ... Wildlife was affected as fighting takes place on their habitats.
In London's Hyde Park, there's a memorial called Animals in War, pictured right. It is dedicated to all the animals who served and died alongside the British and Allied forces. One inscriptions reads: "They had no choice."