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Remembrance Day (K-6): Animals & Mascots

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K-Gr. 6: Send us your work

Why did animal mascots accompany the soldiers?

For centuries, military troops have had animal mascots for a variety of reasons, including comfort, pride and to help break the monotony of living in a military camps.  A number of different animals have "served" during times of war including dogs, cats, camels, chipmunks, eagles just to name a few types.  The Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders from Eastern Ontario had a canine (dog) mascot named Uniformity who went overseas with the soldiers in 1941.  Of course visitors to Fort Henry in Kingston have seen the goat mascot that the Fort Henry guard have.

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Tales of Animals at War

Grades K - 6 Learning Resources: Created by Veterans Affairs Canada, available in French and English.

*Contains stories of the heroic things that animals did during war: information for students & activities for teachers.

Animals in WWI & WWII

Source: Canadian War Museum

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Winnie the Pooh

A picture of Lt. Colebourn with the "real" Winnie 

   The real Winnie the Pooh


The statue is of the bear Winnie, who was to be immortalised as Winnie the Pooh. The statue was presented to London Zoo by the people of Manitoba through their Government on 19th July 1995.  The plaque reads:

Winnie and Lt. Colebourn

by Bill Epp

presented by the people

of Manitoba

unveiled July 1995

K-Gr. 6: How do I create & cite my work?