Lest we forget

Today is Remembrance Sunday, a day which we remember those who bravely fought and died in the line of duty.

But it wasn’t only soldiers who died. Millions of animals gave up their lives too, from horses and dogs, to pigeons and even glow-worms. The Animals in War monument in central London stands as tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

Animals in War by David Backhouse

So today I’ll be spending the traditional minute’s silence by thinking about the animals involved in warfare and I hope you will too.

‘A Soldier’s Kiss’:

Only a dying horse! pull off the gear,
And slip the needless bit from frothing jaws,
Drag it aside there, leaving the road way clear,
The battery thunders on with scarce a pause.
Prone by the shell-swept highway there it lies
With quivering limbs, as fast the life-tide fails,
Dark films are closing o’er the faithful eyes
That mutely plead for aid where none avails.
Onward the battery rolls, but one there speeds
Needlessly of comrades voice or bursting shell,
Back to the wounded friend who lonely bleeds
Beside the stony highway where he fell.
Only a dying horse! he swiftly kneels,
Lifts the limp head and hears the shivering sigh
Kisses his friend, while down his cheek there steals
Sweet pity’s tear, “Goodbye old man, Goodbye”.
No honours wait him, medal, badge or star,
Though scarce could war a kindlier deed unfold;
He bears within his breast, more precious far
Beyond the gift of kings, a heart of gold.

– Henry Chappell

To find out more about the Animals in War sculpture and the history behind it, you can visit: www.animalsinwar.org.uk


28 Comments on “Lest we forget”

  1. We most certainly will, Misaki.

  2. speedyrabbit says:

    We shall be joining you too!

  3. Mollie says:

    That’s lovely, will be joining you. xxx

  4. We remember and we hope Remembrance/Poppy Day is a thoughful one the world over. Have a super Sunday Misaki.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. CATachresis says:

    A lovely tribute, Misaki!

  6. Dianda says:

    That was a beautiful.

  7. A bootiful tribute. It reminds us of the film War Horse which is partly what our rememberance post focuses on. The saddest part is that, unlike the hoomans, the animals wrre not given a choice. Very sad indeed.

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

  8. What a lovely tribute that is…..and indeed it’s true that animals have played a huge part throughout history all over the world in conflict…..often at the side of a human. It’s a day to remember – all of it.

    Pam (and Sam)

  9. Emmadog says:

    Very nice tribute!

  10. Sam says:

    Oh beautiful. We will check it out, Misaki.


  11. We are doin’ the same. We will remember the people too as our Lady is a great granddaughter and granddaughter of WW1 and WW2 vets and our Uncle Chris is an active member of the military.

  12. Kyla says:

    The animals didn’t have a quarrel with the animals on the other side. Oh well, not many animals used in war like the old days, they just get blown to bits like the peeps.

  13. Thanks Misaki, that’s a very touching post.

  14. snoopys@snoopysdogblog says:

    We’ll be remembering everyone too, animals and humans who were so brave. Mum and Dad visited the beaches of Normandy last month – those people sacrificed so much for our freedom, lest we forget!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  15. catchatcaren says:

    LOVED this Misaki! beautiful

  16. That was a beautiful choice for a post, Misaki. *sniff*

  17. Asta says:

    That was a heawt wenching and bootiful twiboote. I hang my head in wemembwance and thanks fow them all
    Smoochie kisses

  18. Just lovely gurl!!


  19. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning says:

    Beautiful tribute, Misaki. We join you in saluting and honoring our veterans.

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  20. Didn’t know the monument, it’s really nice tho.

  21. spittythekitty says:

    This is just beautiful. We got a little leaky. XOXOXO

  22. That was wonderful, Misaki.

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  23. Woof! Woof! Lovely tribute. LOVE the 1st photo. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  24. Dalton says:

    I am sure you know this, but if not…

    Did you know that you can buy purple poppies which are warn to remember all the animals which died as a result of conflict?

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