Fundraising efforts to construct a war memorial for animals meets success

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TRURO - A monument to remember animals whose lives were sacrificed in times of war will become reality thanks to the efforts of a young Bass River boy.

"I think they should be honoured for what they did," Noah Tremblay, 11, told Colchester County Council Thursday night, of animals that have been used in various wars throughout the years.

From pigeons that helped locate military members lost at sea to dogs, camels, elephants, dolphins and others that have been used in various capacities, many animals have given their lives over the decades while in service to humans, Tremblay told council, while seeking a monetary donation to his cause.

"And that's why I think I should put up the monument.  And when I wore the poppy on Remembrance Day, I didn't just remember soldiers, I also remembered animals because what they did ..."

Tremblay has been on a mission to raise the $13,000 necessary to construct a monument at Veteran's Memorial Park in Bass River to honour animals that served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

His presentation included a mock up of the type of monument he wants to have built, which is designed as a three-foot high headstone that opens to reveal photos and stories of animals used during various wars throughout Canada's history.

Tremblay told council his fundraising efforts had already generated $10,000 of the required amount. After hearing his presentation, council unanimously and wholeheartedly voted to provide the remaining $3,000.

"You are absolutely amazing. You are a super guy ...," Councillor Earl McKenna said, following Tremblay's presentation.

"This is exactly the kind of thing I think we should be supporting," Coun. Mike Cooper, added, prior to the council vote.

The Grade 6 West Colchester Consolidated School student is hoping to have the memorial constructed and in place by next summer.

"I think it will be a great asset to the park Counc. Tom Taggart said.

Organizations: Colchester County Council, Canadian Armed Forces, Grade 6 West Colchester Consolidated School

Geographic location: Bass River, Veteran's Memorial Park, Canada

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