In Chapter 4 of Orwell'sĀ Animal Farm, what effect do the military decorations and monuments (like Jones' shotgun at the foot of the Flagstaff) have on the animals?

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In Chapter 4, Mr. Jones and his men return to Animal Farm armed and prepared to take back his former residence. Fortunately, Snowball is prepared and the other animals execute his military plans perfectly to repel the attack. The animals celebrate their victory of The Battle of the Cowshed and unanimously decide to create military decorations such as 'Animal-Hero, First Class' and 'Animal-Hero, Second Class.' The animals then decide to place Mr. Jones' gun at the foot of the Flagstaff and fire it twice a year on the anniversaries of The Battle of the Cowshed and the Rebellion. These military decorations and annual celebrations to remember glorious events in Animal Farm's history provide the animals with a sense of pride and nationalism. When the animals walk past Mr. Jones' gun at the foot of the Flagstaff and participate in the anniversaries of The Battle of the Cowshed and the Rebellion, they are reminded of their sacrifice to revolt against oppression in order to be free. This sense of communal pride brings the animals closer together and amplifies patriotism throughout the farm.