“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.”
Today we show our respect and remembrance of those who fought and lost their lives in the First World War which lasted from 28th July 1914 to 11th of November 1918.
And this day ~ November 11th 2018 ~ marks a hundred years of the end of the Great War.
In Flanders Field
Wearing your poppy is seen as a symbol of respect to remember those who have given their lives in war. Poppies were seen all over the battlefields after World War One ended and thus became the flower to represent those who fought and died on behalf of their country.
Up to 20,000 dogs were trained for front-line duties in World War One. Dogs had many roles to play from sniffing out the enemy, passing messages between the lines and carrying aid to wounded soldiers. The most common breeds used were the Border Collie, Lurchers, English Sheepdogs, Retrievers and the all - rounder mongrel. Many Dobermans were deployed as sentry dogs and trained to find injured soldiers on the battlefield. The Airedale Terrier was the most commonly used hound by the British.
A Shout Out to The Animal World
Over 16 million animals served in the First World war: Pack mules, donkeys and horses were used to carry supplies such as medical packs, food, ammunition and water. Even camels! A great film on this subject being the tear-jerking movie, ‘War Horse’, a must watch for any animal lover.
Our feathered friends also did their part such as carrier pigeons sending messages - (32 of which were awarded the Dickin Medal for their bravery) and canaries were used for detecting poisonous gasses.
This cute looking American Pit Bull Terrier was the only war dog to be given the title of sergeant for his efforts, loyalty and heroic acts. He was a stray dog that was found in 1917 and smuggled to France during World War 1 by Corporal. John Robert Conroy.
Stubby participated in 17 battles, four offences, warned his unit of incoming fire, gas attacks, and even located and apprehended a German spy in the trenches!
One of the most heartwarming stories heard of military K-9 heroism is that of a dog from Scotland. He travelled 12000 feet through mud, crevices and the rain filled craters of the Western front delivering a message to HQ in less than an hour. Despite being shot twice he completed the mission and died afterwards.
The skill and courage of these types of dogs is outstanding and how they served a very important purpose in conveying vital messages when all other communication had failed.
Let us all be mindful today of the acts of heroism, the call of of duty, the sacrifice and loss of lives of those who fought for us in order that we can live with the freedom that we do today.
Lest We Forget.