The PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award any animal can receive while serving in a military conflict.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
More dogs, still
Established in 1943 by the PDSA founder Maria Dickin, the Dickin Medal recognizes outstanding acts of bravery displayed by animals serving in the armed forces or civil defense units in any conflict of war throughout the world.
The Dickin Medal is a large bronze medallion with the inscription "For Gallantry" and "We also serve" all within a laurel wreath.
During World War II (1939-45), the founder of the PDSA, Maria Dickin CBE was aware of the incredible bravery shown by animals in active service and the home front. Inspired by the devotion of animals to man and duty, she presented a special medal specifically for animals in war.