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Saturday 11th November
Sunday 12th November
Animals in Conflict – They Also Served
Today, whilst we all take time to honour and remember those who gave their lives in two world wars and later conflicts, it’s fitting that we also think about the animals who served alongside those who fought.
In past conflicts, horses, donkeys, mules, elephants and camels hauled troops and supplies over difficult terrain.
Pigeons carried vital messages back and forth to the front line.
Cats and dogs were trained to catch rats in the trenches and onboard ships.
Canaries were used to detect poisonous gas.
Dogs helped lay telephone wires across the battlefields, and the Red Cross used dogs carrying vital medical supplies to find injured soldiers.
They all did this amongst the dangers of war, often losing their lives.
Their efforts and sacrifice should not go unrecognised.
The Purple Poppy is the symbol of Remembrance for Animals lost in Service.
Our Pony here today, is named Custard. And he is a direct descendant of the Welsh Pit Ponies who were used to move heavy loads of coal underground in the mines during both world wars.
His coat is made from 800 knitted and crochet purple poppies, that the village knitting group Knit&tinK has made for this year’s Remembrance display.
So please ….Take a moment to remember the Animals WHO ALSO SERVED Thank you
Caroline Martin-Early 12 November 2023