Mrs. Laureen Harper Joins The Animals In War Dedication Project As Honourary Patron

OTTAWA, April 17, 2012 — The Animals in War Dedication Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Laureen Harper as Honourary Patron.

Laureen Harper will be working with the A.I.W. Dedication Committee to ensure that war animals of all species will be remembered for many years to come.

“The Dedication will commemorate the special role of animals in military operations throughout Canadian history. Much like the brave members of our Canadian forces, these animals have displayed tremendous courage in the face of adversity.”

Laureen Harper is well known for her love of animals, and continues to be a strong advocate for animal welfare. She is the recipient of the 2011 Heroes for Animals Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by The Humane Society of Canada, for distinguished voluntary leadership.

The Animals in War Dedication will reside in Confederation Park, Ottawa, just steps from the Boer War Memorial.

The Animals in War Dedication is a series of highly detailed, 2-inch, bas-relief plaques depicting animals in war from around the world. At the base of these plaques are descriptions of the images, produced in both official languages.

Visitors will learn interesting facts about the various war animals, their sacrifice, and above all, the unswerving dedication war animals gave to their human comrades.

The Dedication unveiling is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2012.