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The John Burnam Monument Foundation is pleased to announce that on October 28 The Military Working Dog Teams National Monument will be officially and formally dedicated at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. This is an historical event, and one that I would love to attend.
This Air Force base is where the U.S. military has been training its working dogs since 1958. Our largest military veterinary hospital is also located on this base. The founder and inspiration for the national monument is John C. Burnam, a highly decorated Vietnam
Infantry Veteran Scout Dog Handler and author of “Dog Tags of Courage” and “A Soldier’s Best Friend.” In an interview about the monument, Burnam said:
“As a nation we owe our war dogs a tremendous debt of gratitude,” said Burnam. “Their selfless service, loyalty and sacrifices to our country must never be forgotten. The U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is a treasure for us all to ensure they are honored and remembered forever.”The larger than life sized monument features the 4 most prominent military working dog breeds, with a soldier that is intended to represent all branches of the military. In case you're wondering (I was!), the breeds represented on the monument are a German Shepherd, a Labrador Retriever, a Doberman Pinscher and a Belgian Malinois.
If you'd like to read the full Press Release, you can visit here to learn more about the monument and see a series of photos of its creation here. If you'd like to attend this event, more information is included at this link, where location, time and more are detailed.