May We Never Forget

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May we remember our brave men and women that have died or fought for our freedom and those that still serve our country.

Freedom fighters
Freedom

I would hope that we can also take a moment to remember the millions of horses that also died on the battle fields.  Horses throughout the history of mankind have always served us with little thanks for the important part they have played in our heritage and history.

The current Canadian Horse Journal’s Hoofbeat magazine has excellent articles on their service to us and our country.  The most poignant one is a story by Jess Hallas-Kilcoyne called, The Real War Horses – Faithful Unto Death.  In it she has several stories about the different roles these played in this war.  It is in this article she tells of the over 4 million horses on both sides that perished due to this conflict.   Some of these horses (hundreds) came from the areas where their descendants, our wild horses of today still roam.

"Goodbye Old Man"
“Goodbye Old Man”

So as these horses fought for our freedom WHOAS will continue our efforts to allow the descendants of these magnificent animals to remain free and wild.  These are our Alberta Wild Horses.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “May We Never Forget

  1. Jude

    Yes, in deed … Many animals perished along side man in these senseless wars … I attended a service yesterday in Regina & in a prayer it was mentioned … This was the first time I have heard this spoken at a Remembrance Day ceremony & it brought tears to my eyes

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  2. Marilyn

    I just read a book that had a great tribute to horses and I thought it should be passed on:

    “Mankind has often enforced a savage dominance over the horse, and for that he should apologize. These magnificent beasts toiled mightily over the centuries to help us tame the wilds, plow and harvest our fields, transport our possessions, even die in our wars; and sometimes under the cruelest of masters. I am proud to say that I never participated in their abject slavery. Even so, I humbly request forgiveness from every horse that has crossed my path, for they are truly God’s noblest creatures.

    ANONYMOUS”

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