Animals have been considered an expendable tool of war for as old as time. Oh sure some people have cared for and wanted the animals to be treated with compassion, however all in all, they have been an end to the means of winning the battle. Perhaps we have evolved or just gained the compassion so sought after. We are expressing interest in the memorials of K9 Military troops and using medical resources to save those wounded.
This is why it seems fitting that as we remember our human soldiers on Memorial Day we also remember and acknowledge the animals of war. The movie and now play of ‘War Horse’ has shown light on the heart of an animals taken to war and determined to come home. We have seen people go above and beyond to help these animals.
Probably the most widely known are the K9 troops. They do work as an explosive detector and also as an extra soldier going into battle to help our troops by carrying messages first and now seeking out our foe. We do acknowledge them with several memorials around the country, although the Dogs of War Association is in New Jersey www.uswardogsmemorial.org. They’re telling the stories of the War Dogs of the South Pacific and the soldiers who worked with them. A ‘YouTube’ video of how these animals saved thousands in Guam. The decision to have a National Memorial has an impressive story and can be found at www.reuters.com There is another memorial having it’s own Facebook page www.facebook.com/SOF.K9.Memorial. There are in fact K9 Memorials in almost every state. We have come to realize the importance and emotional impact to our troops.
Today, K9 Troops are retired just as our human troops end their tours of duty. Many times our K9 Troops are placed with the handler they had in the military. There are also Military Police K9 Troops who defend our base gates and our troops when there is need. These animals are highly trained and when not working, many times spend time living on Post with the handler and the handler’s family.
When remembering our troops who have paid the ultimate price today, we should also remember the K9 troops who have done so too. Remembering the families who have given so much and those troops who come home with nonvisible injuries. We need to celebrate all those who have spent time in the protection of our country, whether human, animal or birds.
We need to remember the Wind Talkers, the Tuskegee Air Corps and all the special groups who have fought for us. Today is our time to say “Thank You” for all that has been done so we can celebrate being free. It is never the wrong time to recognize our Troops and our Animal Corps for the work they have done.