Remembrance Day In Canada

The 11th day of November is Remembrance Day here in Canada.  A day where we all remember the men, women and animals that  fought for us so we could live free.  We owe our lifestyle to these brave men, women and animals.  Some died, some were physically  scarred and all would never be the same again.  War takes a hefty toll but these great heroes faced evil incarnate for the rest of us.  We are humbled by their loyalty to our country.

Along with horses and dogs, the list of types of animals employed in war is extensive, from birds and rodents sent into tunnels to detect poisonous gas to donkeys, reindeer and elephants used to carry heavy loads. Animals have also been kept by military units as pets and mascots, offering comfort and companionship and helping to boost morale among troops. Cats have often fallen into this category, though they have also served by catching rats on ships and carrying messages around their necks onto the battlefield.

Individual animals have also been honoured. The Dickin Medal, also known as the animals’ Victoria Cross, was established in 1943 to recognize animals who had shown “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units.” From 1943 to 1949, 54 animals received the medal. Amongst them were dogs, horses and one cat, but the majority of recipients were carrier pigeons. With a good sense of direction and the ability to fly up to 100 kilometres an hour, these animals flew through difficult weather conditions and direct gunfire to deliver important messages, saving lives as a result.

The two preceding paragraphs are quotes from  the BCSPCA Newsletter.

Army cap and Shoks

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During the 11th. month of the 11th. day of the 11th. hour we cease all activity and chatter, bow our heads for 1 minute and honour those that have given the supreme sacrifice for us.

37 thoughts on “Remembrance Day In Canada

    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      FM, This is certainly a most humbling day for our family. Just to think these men, women and animals fought for US…someone they didn’t even know would exist. That is a big WOW!

      Kitty kisses,

      Kali and Shoko

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  1. lexitheschnauzer

    The link about how all the different animals helped was super. Almost makes me not want to be a ratter – not that I have ever had a chance to catch one, BOL! Love your hats, Kali and Shoko. You look very official. It just so happened that we finished reading your post at exactly 11:00, so Mom bowed her head and said a prayer for all the brave animals and people who keep our countries free.

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  2. databbiesotrouttowne

    kali & shoko….a total lee awesum post; manee thanx two all de veterans who have served R countriez…..de food servizz gurls family haz had family memberz who served bak two WW2; and her gram paw hada war dog; peter who served aza messenger ♥♥♥

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      This posty makes us wonder what the peeps and animals were like to talk with. I guess they were just ordinary peeps and pets like us, Dezi. I could never imagine me taking a message to the front lines.

      Kitty kisses,

      Kali and Shoko

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      1. Deziz World

        Yep Shoko, they were. But twyin’ to magine duin’ dat is well unimaginable. We fink of them as heroes and us as ordinary. But dat’s what a hero is, an ordinary sumpawdy/animal dat duz sumfin’ extwaordinary. May God keep us all safe from harm and bless us all.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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      2. Deziz World

        Yep Shoko, we magin they were. Altho’ we can’t magin’ duin’ what they did, you never know what you might have to do in yous life. Me wulda never fawt me wuld be a Service kitty, but me kuldn’t magin’ any udder life. Sis Lexi sez da same fing. Weez all heroes to sumpawdy. We bet yous mommy finks you and Kali awe her heroes. You help her in lots of ways dat sumtimes yous not even fink ’bout. Mommy sez dat our very purr is a gweat comfurt to her. and weez bet yous mommy finks da same fing. Y’all awe special, weez just won’t be gettin’ into da history books. But dat’s okay, right?. 🙂

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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  3. Pawcific Purrsea

    Pawsome post. I was really glad to see “Able Seaman Simon” the cat on that link. We have a replica of him on our boat, and under his base is his whole story…very touching. Those hats really suit both of you. =^,,^=

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