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TRIBUTE TO FALLEN MILITARY WORKING DOG HANDLERS & DOGS IN THE WAR ON TERROR



 

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USS
 Alabama Battleship Memorial Park  - AN UNHERALDED BREED OF SOLDIER  LET
 ALL WHO READ THESE WORDS OF GRATITUDE AND PRAISE KNOW THAT TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF AMERICA'S FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN OWE THEIR LIVES TO THE
DEEDS AND COURAGE OF WAR DOGS AND THEIR HANDLERS, FURTHER, LET IT BE
KNOWN THAT MANY BREEDS OF DOGS, LARGE AND SMALL, SERVED OUR NATION IN
TIMES OF WAR, ALL GOING INTO HARM'S WAY WITH DISTINCTION AND VALOR –
UNHESITATING.  LET US NOT FORGET THESE UNSUNG HEROES ARE SOLDIERS, TOO!
THESE VALIANT DOGS PROTECT OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN THROUGH COUNTLESS
PERILS, GIVE COMFORT IN UNCERTAINITY, AND SHARE THE SUFFERING AND THE
RISKS IN THE TIME OF WAR. OVER THE DECADES, MANY OF THESE DOGS HAVE MADE
 THE SUPREME SACRIFICE, GIVING THEIR OWN LIVES TO SHIELD OUR ARMED
FORCES AND MILITARY ASSETS FROM HOSTILE ACTS. CANINES IN THE ARMED
FORCES CONTINUE THAT NOBLE TRADITION AROUND THE WORLD TODAY.  THIS
MONUMENT IS DEDICATED BY THE PATRIOTIC PEOPLE OF ALABAMA FOR ALL TO BEAR
 WITNESS IN REMEMBRANCE TO THESE FAITHFUL WAR DOGS AND THEIR ALABAMA
HANDLERS. THOSE WHO LEAVE THIS PLACE SHOULD REMEMBER THE DEEDS AND
SACRIFICES OF THESE FOUR-LEGGED SOLDIERS. FURTHERMORE, SEE IN EVERY DOG,
 THE UNCONDITIONAL LOYALTY INHERENT IN WAR DOGS AND GLIMPSE A REFECTION
OF THEIR SHOULDER-BROTHERS HEROIC ACTIONS. THESE TEAMS UNHESITATNGLY
FIGHT FOR RIGHT AND FOR OUR NATION'S FREEDOMS. LEST WE FORGET, WE SHOULD
 HOLD THEM DEAR IN OUR HEARTS AND HONOR THEIR COURAGE.

Dedicated
 on June 10, 2006, the United States War Dogs Memorial, located guarding
 the gateway to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Holmdel,
New Jersey, consists of a bronze statue of a kneeling Vietnam War
soldier and his dog, set on a black granite base.  The memorial was
designed by sculptor Bruce Lindsay, Architectural Division Manager at
Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, New Jersey. A graduate of Bucknell
University, Lindsay's studio is adjacent to Grounds for Sculpture, the
22-acre sculpture park on the grounds of the former New Jersey State
Fair.  The U.S. War Dogs Memorial, while directly representing the War
Dog Teams of the Vietnam War, honors all our nation's war dogs and their
 handlers - past, present and future.
http://www.njvvmf.org/United-States-War-Dogs-Memorial

Military Working Dog Memorial -  The Marine War Dog Memorial is an exact replica of the official
memorial at the U. S. Naval Base in Guam, permanently installed at the
U. S. Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery on Guam in 1994, the 50th
anniversary of the island's liberation. It rests on granite base which
is inscribed with the names of the 25 dogs who gave their lives on Guam.
 Artist Susan Bahary, a sculptor from California, created the statue
which is officially named "Always Faithful."

On
 April 16, 2011, US Military War Dogs were honored with a ceremony and
life-sized granite sculpture at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in
Encinitas, California.  Jim Silveira, president of the shelter, came up
with the idea not only to honor our canine heroes but also to promote
their adoption after retirement.  The sculpture sits on top of a granite
 block inside the shelter’s dog park.  It is a replica of US Army
soldier Chyba a German Shepard who served as a patrol and security
canine in Kuwait and Germany.  Chyba has since retired, been adopted and
 enjoys her civilian life

War Dog Monument, Sacrifice Field, National Infantry Museum, Ft. Benning, GA. Dedicated 8 October 2000.

Staten
 Island War Dog Memorial  Dedicated October 29, 2004 The memorial reads;
 They protected and watched over us at home and on the field of battle.
We are forever grateful for their undying loyalty, devotion and faithful
 service. They are not forgotten.

HARTSDALE
 PET CEMETERY - Hartsdale, NY  Dedicated to the memory of the war dog.
 Erected by public contributions by dog lovers   to man's faithful
friend for the valiant services  rendered in world war, 1914 - 1918
Robert Caterson was chosen to build the war memorial. He used the finest
 granite from his own Vermont quarry. The monument is ten-foot high,
which is topped with a bronze statue of a shepherd dog wearing a Red
Cross blanket. At the shepherds feet are a bronze helmet and a canteen. A
 special ceremony is conducted at the foot of the war Dog Memorial every
 Memorial Day weekend to pay tribute to military dogs, K-9'S that
assisted in the rescue mission in the bombing of the Oklahoma City
federal building in 1994, and police dogs.

Pennsylvania
 War Dog Memorial  Bristol, Pennsylvania  Dedicated on September 16th,
2006  The Pennsylvania War Dog Memorial is located in front of the
Bristol Township Municipal Building in Bristol, PA. and was sculpted by
Joe Pavone, a local artist. Behind the sculpture are three plaques that
list the U.S. military conflicts in which war dogs served, branches of
service, and types of military working dogs.

 

Sallie was a lady; she was a soldier too. She marched beside the colors, our own red white and blue. It was in the days of our civil war that she lived her life so true. Sallie was a brindle Staffordshire bull terrier (or pit bull terrier – it is unclear) who served as the regimental mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. She was given to 1st Lt William R. Terry as when she was just 4 weeks of age. Sallie was raised with the men of the regiment and they were fond of her. She knew the specific drum roll announcing reveille. Sallie followed the men closely on marches and to the battlefield, always on the front lines.  In a spring 1863 at a review of the Union army, Sallie marched along with “her” soldiers. Abraham Lincoln sat in the center of the reviewing stand and spotted the dog. He raised his famous hat in salute. At Gettysburg, Sallie became separated from the 11th in all of the chaos. Three days later they found Sallie guarding the bodies of the dead and wounded soldiers, herself unscathed. In 1865 at Hatcher’s Run Sallie was struck by a bullet to the head. She was killed instantly. She was buried on the battlefield while under heavy enemy fire. In 1890 in appreciation of her loyal devotion, a monument of Sallie now stands in Gettysburg, directly in front of the monument that commemorates the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry.

 SOF K9 Memorial - The Special Operations community would like to recognize and remember our canine soldiers killed in action. Our dogs have saved countless lives and have earned a hero’s memorial. - We are a small group of military and civilian K9 professionals who created a lasting memorial dedicated to our SOF K9s lost since 9/11. The second phase of the operation is to help the SOF handlers that have lost dogs in combat pay for new pavers at the museum, headstones, plaques, and any other way they would like to memorialize their comrades. - We created a memorial to honor our fallen SOF K9's. The intent was a life size bronze Belgian Malinois, wearing his deployment kit based on what our dogs actually wear in combat.  The memorial is located at Fayetteville's Airborne and Special Operations Museum right outside of Fort Bragg in North Carolina. -The bond between a SOF handler and his K9 can be seen in every aspect of their relationship, from the FOB to engaging the enemy. Countless hours of training go into each of our elite K9's to give them the tools they need to survive on the battlefields of foreign lands.  Their actions in combat are simply heroic, facing eminent danger with courage that sets the standard for all others. They give selflessly so others may live, for many we owe them our lives. Many SOF K9's have paid the ultimate price for not only their Handlers and Mates, but for this great nation.  Our K9's have saved countless lives and have earned a hero's memorial.

9/11 Memorial Garden  Dedicated on August 26, 2005  New York  A 9/11
Memorial Garden was opened to the public on Aug. 26, 2005. The SUNY
Farmingdale 9/11 Memorial Garden has a German Shepherd moving down an
eight-foot I-beam with vest and booties going toward a crushed New York
City firefighter’s helmet. Part of the sculpture consists of recovered
materials from Ground Zero. The life size bronze sculpture is by Liza
Todd-Tivey.


To Memorialize our K9 Veterans         

 “K9 Veterans Day" March 13 was chosen as K-9 Veterans Day because the U.S. Army launched its first official K-9 Corps on March 13, 1942.  Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, New Jersey & Michigan, officially recognize K9 Veterans Day. 

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