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Tales of Animals in War - 2015 Edition

All Aboard! Transportation in Times of War

“Woof!” barked Gandy the dog. “Here we are, the Remembrance Clubhouse members reunited in Halifax, Nova Scotia! Today we came to greet a Canadian military ship returning from a mission overseas. It was so exciting to see the massive vessel sail into the harbour, and so many people turned out like us with flags, signs, and balloons to welcome the returning sailors. It made my fur fluff!”

“Yesterday we visited Pier 21 and learned that Canadians in uniform have been passing through Halifax for over 100 years on many different missions,” roared Win the bear. “They were constantly coming and going throughout the First and Second World Wars and it was busy around the clock! The rail yards saw steady traffic as trains loaded with soldiers and supplies arrived daily from across Canada.”

“The harbour was also often crowded. Ships were under repair and ships prepared for the voyage to Europe. Passenger ships loaded soldiers, and cargo ships loaded war supplies, food and munitions. There were even hospital ships with medical staff and supplies. Many animal mascots such as dogs and cats also joined the people on the ships to keep them company during the long voyage!” meowed Simone the cat.

“And did you know that thousands of horses like my ancestor Bonfire were also loaded onto ships to serve overseas in times of war?” whinnied Bonfire Jr. the horse.

“Even when wars were over, Halifax was still a busy place. The city was bustling with the thousands of returning soldiers, ready to take trains back to their home towns. Some soldiers fell in love while overseas and even brought their war brides and children back to Canada! Isn’t that romantic?” Ellie the elephant rumbled dreamily.

“Wow, so many different means of transportation are needed in times of war!” cooed Squeaker the pigeon. “From trains and ships in Canada, to jeeps, trucks, tanks, airplanes and even animal transport close to the frontlines! I know that my relative Beachcomber flew in nasty conditions to deliver messages in the Second World War. Hey, why don’t we do our history fair projects on how Canadian troops travelled in wartime?”

“Cool, let’s get our engines roaring!!” replied Gandy. “Why don’t you do a remembrance research project, too?”

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