Military Working Dog Teams National Monument
Through out the history of the United States Military, there have been many acknowledged and justified heroes. As time passes, the species in which these heroes present themselves has taken a whole new form. Recently, the use of the Military service dogs has increased along with the recognition of the sacrifice made by them. Today, the "Military Working Dog Teams National Monument" located on Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas honors those soldiers and their K9 companions that have selflessly served the United States military in both combat and non combat capacities. The monument was designed and constructed by the "John C. Burnam foundation.
Backstory and Context
The Military Working Dog Teams monument pays tribute to all military service dogs and their handlers through a series of bronze statues erected at the site. The statues represent a modern dressed soldier, as well as 4 seperate statues of dogs. The dog statue's are unique because each one represents a different breed of commonly used dog types within the military (Doberman Pinscher, German Sheppard, Malinois, and Labrador retriever). The monument also features an attraction known as the "Not Forgotten Fountain" which is a statue/fountain that depicts the strong relationship between the dog handlers and their K-9 partners through the architecture. The fountain is dedicated to all of the dogs who served or were killed during the Vietnam War.
The location of which the Military Working Dog Teams monument resides is also very significant in the history of their service. Lackland Air Force base has a long standing, rich tradtition of training highly qualified service dogs and handlers for military service. This program has been active since 1958. Lackland Air Force base also hosts the only military hospital that is specifically designed to treat dogs in the entire military. This information just adds to the authenticity and genuine honor that the Military Service Dog Teams monument provides to all armed forces service dogs and their handlers throughout the history of the military.
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