This holiday weekend between the cookouts, parades, and the extra day off, please take some time to remember our Military Heroes.  The men and women who died for our country, and the ones currently on tour of duty overseas.  

Also take the time to remember our Military Working Dogs.  America’s war dogs are trained to recognize booby traps, mines tunnels, weapons caches, and warn troops about ambushes. They saved thousands of lives by their service.  They served in WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Operation Desert Storm, and they are still used today overseas in the Middle East. 

These dogs have faithfully stood by their handlers and protected troops during America’s wars.  Their handlers were equally proud.

Around the United States, there are many memorial sites dedicated to Military Working Dogs.

The Alabama War Dog Memorial at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama.

Faithful Partner – Guardian of the Night at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

Hartsdale Pet Cemetery War Dog Memorial, Hartsdale, New York. 

West Coast War Dog Memorial at the March Field Air Museum in Riverside, California.

The War Dog Memorial.  Village of Streamwood Memorial Park, Streamwood, Illinois.

Barrington War Dog Memorial, Barrington Cemetery, Barrington, New Hampshire.

U.S. War Dog Memorial at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Holmdel, New Jersey.

War Dog Memorial at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Soldier’s Best Friend.  Bristol Twp. War Dog Memorial at the Bristol Township Municipal Building, Bristol, Pennsylvania.

To learn more about Military Working Dogs, here are a few great sites to visit:

United States War Dog Association Website 

War Dogs

USDOD Military Dogs 

US Military Working Dog Foundation

I’m going to borrow a saying I found at the United States War Dog Association website.

Their training is intense, their working conditions are deplorable,

and their lives are always on the line.

That pretty much sums up the life of our soldiers, whether they have two legs or four.  I don’t think one day a year is enough thanks.

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