Today is set aside to honor commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.
It was on March 13, 1942, that the army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Today’s military dogs are valued as important members of their military units and even have their own retirement ceremonies, awards and medals and memorial services.
Did you know there are war memorials dedicated to dogs and their service to our country.
The U.S. Marine Corps War Dog Cemetery in Guam honors dogs that lost their lives in securing the island during a 1944 battle.
At the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery in Hartsdale, N.Y., a bronze shepherd with a Red Cross blanket stands atop a 10-foot-high granite monument that was dedicated in 1923. It was created to honor the 7,000 military dogs that served during World War I.
The War Dog Memorial in Riverside is dedicated to all trained dogs and their handlers who served the U.S. in battle.