Memorial Day is a day when Americans remember the members of the Armed Forces that have given the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedom we have. This weekend of remembrance is filled with thoughts of those who have given their lives to make our country what it is today, and with those thoughts are stories of bravery and valor in times of great fear. There is one soldier that is often forgotten about though, the horse.
Horses have been a part of military armies for thousands of years, the faithful companions of humans found a very real role on the battlefront in times of war as men needed their horses to travel and to fight. The role of the horse in the military is a long one, almost 5000 years, and takes many paths. The first instance of horses being used in battle was in Sumatra between 4000 and 3000 B.C., where they were ridden. Since then, horses have taken roles beyond mounts, they have served as transportation, used for bringing supplies, vehicles and even artillery. Horses have found their way onto the main lines of battle too, many many times, and many have bravely given their lives.
By World War 1, many horses had found their way off the battlefield, but in the United States there still is a small presence of equine officers in service. One of the most famous is that of the mare Sergeant Reckless, who was given her own Breyer model and is a favorite at Golden Oak Stables! She served along with her company in the Korean War and was granted many honors for her service!
Many more horses have given their lives and still continue to give their lives in service for this country and others. Take a moment to remember them along with all of the other men and women who have given their lives this Memorial Day weekend.