NOVEMBER 3, 2012


The overcast skies and November chill did not dampen the spirits and feeling of anticipation as the Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces band began to play the National Anthem.  Invited guests and a capacity crowd looked on and applauded as RCMP Corporal Luc Patenaude and his police dog Cujo led the procession of officials to their seats.  Two RCMP riders and horses stood at attention just behind the Dedication.

Those in attendance included Mr. Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Orléans and representative for the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Senator Yonah Martin, Mrs. Laureen Harper, Honorary Patron of the Animals in War Dedication Project, Brigadier-General M.K. Overton, Assistant Chief of Military Personnel of the Canadian Armed Forces, and Mr. Russell Mills, Chair of the National Capital Commission.

Animals in War Dedication founder, Lloyd Swick, made his opening remarks, followed by Presenting Sponsor Dr. Peter Chung (Eminata Group).  Committee member Dr. Susan Dowler thanked the sponsors and all Canadians who worked together to make the Dedication a reality.

The audience was very appreciative of the presentations made by three young Canadians. Richard Barrie (Glashan High School), Anne Fergusson (War Amps), and Andrew Garbutt (742 National Capital Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets) each spoke about the war dog, the canary’s job during wartime, and about Sgt. Reckless, a little Korean mare who won many awards for bravery.

After Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, issued a Proclamation, naming November 3, 2012 War Animals Day, the Dedication was unveiled. Honourary patron Laureen Harper, Lloyd Swick, along with Richard Barrie, Anne Fergusson, and Andrew Garbutt, unveiled the first of three plaques. Messrs. Royal Galipeau and Russell Mills, along with Brig. General Overton unveiled the second plaque. The Animals in War Dedication Committee unveiled the third plaque.  Senator Yonah Martin, Dr. Stephanie Chung, and Presenting Sponsor Dr. Peter Chung unveiled the life-size sculpture of the medical service dog.

The ceremony closed with the Royal Anthem and the release of, appropriately, fifty homing pigeons – messenger pigeons were a vital component of good communications on the battlefield.

It was a very special day for the Animals in War Committee and for Canada. We should all be very proud to finally have a national Dedication honouring our war animals. We hope that you will take the time to visit Confederation Park, learn more about war animals: their brave deeds, their sacrifice and the very special bond they shared with the soldiers who served alongside them.

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RCMP Officer with RCMP dog

RCMP Officer with RCMP dog

Barn Builders in Alberta

When a barn needs to be built, in Alberta can make all the difference. There are a lot of things that have to happen in order for it to be a success. Some people have the misconception that building a barn is relatively easy, but the truth of the matter is that there is nothing easy about it. That is the reason that it is so important to make sure that the only people that build a barn are those who actually know what they are doing. If you end up trying to do it yourself, you could easily find yourself in a situation where you are in so far over your head, you don’t even know what to do next.

On the other hand, you could simply let barn builders in Alberta who are professionals handle the job. When you hire the job out, you don’t have to worry about all of the details associated with building such a large structure. This is a huge advantage for you, largely because it gives you the opportunity to get the finished product you really want without having to put up with all of the headaches associated with doing it yourself.

There are also a lot of additional advantages to hiring someone to build your barn. For instance, you can benefit from having the structure designed exactly as you want it, no matter how complex it might be. You can customize its overall layout, not to mention some of the finer details you would like to have. For example, you can enjoy having stables for large animals that are designed to your individual specifications. You can also make sure that the finished design is as simple or as intricate as you wish.

Perhaps the best part about hiring barn builders in Alberta is that you have the chance to get a solid building that can easily last for decades, all without having to lift a finger yourself. This is especially important when you are too busy to deal with the construction process or when you want to ensure that everything is done properly in order to minimize future maintenance. As if that weren’t enough, professional builders can usually get the job done much more quickly. If you try to do it on your own, it can be a painfully slow process. Conversely, professionals can do the same amount of work in just a few weeks. Therefore, you can get a better quality product in a much shorter amount of time.

Animals in War Dedication Project Video  Animals in War Dedication Project Newsletter
Remembering Animals and Humans in War Tales of Animals in War
We will remember them… (Scroll down page to view this blog posting)