In honor of our US Veterans yesterday, I’m reminded that not all of them walk upright on two legs. Some walk on paws, hooves, or even claws. All are deserving of recognition for their efforts.
I didn’t have as much time for research this week, but I thought I’d share some story links about different memorials around the world, paying tribute to the sometimes forgotten veterans of war and conflict, and some photos I’d found.
The Animals in War Memorial, located in Hyde Park, Westminster, England
The Australian War Memorial featured a presentation, “Of animals in war…”
The US War Dog Memorial guards the gateway of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, NJ
Not only have animals served industrial purpose in wars, carrying burdens too heavy for humans, delivering messages, offering faster or stealthier transportation, and even providing shield to their masters under the most dire circumstances, they also provide warmth, quiet calm and understanding, and often, simply, friendship.