US Dedicates First National Monument Honoring Military Dogs

Photo Courtesy Benjamin Faske/U.S. Air Force via NBC

Photo: Benjamin Faske/U.S. Air Force via Reuters

The United States military has dedicated the first national monument for combat dogs, honoring the hard work and sacrifice of the working dogs of war. The bronze statue was erected at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the hub for military dog training since 1958.

The bronze monument was sculpted by Paula Slater, and displays the four most prominent breeds of military working dogs used to serve alongside soldiers: a Labrador Retriever, a Doberman Pinscher, a German Shepherd, and a Belgian Malinois.

Military working dogs have played an integral role in the everyday life and safety of soldiers serving their country. The statue will be an ever-present honor of the dogs lost and a tribute to those who have survived life at war.

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  • julie Bartolino

    It's about time... Dogs have been serving our military, in combat, for many many years. They have every right to be honored because you are not just honoring the dogs but their service and their love and loyalty to their "handlers", their person. The soldiers and their dogs have a unique relationship one that goes fast deeper than just a man and his dog. You are honoring this along with their service. Thank you you for all the military dogs both serving now and in the past, from a dog loving American.

  • Jim Anable

    It's not really the first of its kind. There's "Always Faithful," the National War Monument honoring the Dobermans they gave their lives protecting the men on Guam during the battle begin the day after Pearl Harbor.

  • Jim Anable

    sorry about the mistakes in my previous message. Feel free to correct them if you post it. I'm using a voice to text on my android phone

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