Today is November 11th. Many nations take a moment to remember those who served their countries in war time. Many photos and speeches are done by the men who served in the wars of the 20th and 21st century. While I think it is both required and a necessity to remember those men and I glad to see they are remembering the women too.
My own grandmother was in the WAVES between WW1 and WW2. The WAVES was the navy womens axillary. Not was well known as the Wacs, they did many things. My grandmother was a nurse and while I have no way of knowing just what she did due to her passing fifteen years ago, it is good to remember that women have served alongside men for decades (centuries actually)
But todays blog is more about others who have served. While we all think of the heroic dogs who have served and are serving with our soldiers, sailors and I am sure airmen, we forget that there were and are many other species of animals who have served.
A simple google search brings up many pages that have lists up of those heroic dogs but only a few have the other creatures. From the valiant horses who were rode directly into battle in WW1 to the pigeons who were used to fly messages to even a bear who was trained to carry mortar shells into battle, the animal kingdom has played out its part in mankinds wars.
So on this most sacred day to our military and our nations I hope you say a silent thank you to those of fur, feather and fins who have served at the side of our men and women. Be they a bear, a dolphin, a horse an elephant or those lovely dogs, they all served and they all deserve the respect that we give to other veterans!