Lest We Forget

I take this day to remember all the horses and other animals that served Canada and other nations in all the wars we have gone through. November 11 is a day of remembrance for them and all the brave men and women who fought for a freedom and those still serving to protect us.

Millions of horses were casualties of the wars and in Alberta hundreds of wild horses were rounded up and sent over seas to join the fight for freedom. So the wild horses that still roam our Alberta foothills deserve respect for some of them may be descendants of those horses that served our country.

Here is a poem by Neil Andrew that really conveys my thoughts on remembering.

I spoke to you in whispers
As shells made the ground beneath us quake 
We both trembled in that crater
A toxic muddy bloody lake
I spoke to you and pulled your ears
To try and quell your fearful eye
As bullets whizzed through the raindrops
And we watched the men around us die
I spoke to you in stable tones
A quiet tranquil voice
At least I volunteered to fight
You didn’t get to make the choice
I spoke to you of old times
Perhaps you went before the plough
And pulled the haycart from the meadow
Far from where we’re dying now
I spoke to you of grooming 
Of when the ploughman made you shine
Not the shrapnel wounds and bleeding flanks
Mane filled with mud and wire and grime
I spoke to you of courage
As gas filled the Flanders air
Watched you struggle in the mud
Harness acting like a snare
I spoke to you of peaceful fields
Grazing beneath a setting sun
Time to rest your torn and tired body
Your working day is done
I spoke to you of promises
If from this maelstrom I survive
By pen and prose and poetry
I’ll keep your sacrifice alive
I spoke to you of legacy
For when this hellish time is through
All those who hauled or charged or carried
Will be regarded heroes too
I spoke to you in dulcet tones
Your eye told me you understood
As I squeezed my trigger to bring you peace
The the only way I could
And I spoke to you in whispers…… Neil Andrew

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