Humans in the military aren’t the only ones who deserve our thanks on Veterans Day. We should also take the time to honor the numerous courageous canines that have served our country through many a war, often sacrificing their lives.
Pooches have fought side by side with humans since ancient times, acting as trackers, sentries and scouts. They have been serving the U.S. since the first Seminole War that began in 1816, and later played pivotal roles during the Civil War and both World Wars.
Canines currently serve in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where they primarily fill the roles of police, bomb detecting and surveillance pooches.
This year for the first time, six military dogs will be honored guests at the big America’s Parade in Manhattan, taking place today from noon to 3 p.m. on 5th Avenue between 26th and 52nd streets.
These brave, now retired canines, which have helped to save the lives of 150 to 200 military personnel, will have their very own float in the parade.
Among the celebrities who will be on board to help honor these brave bow wows will be rapper, “Law and Order SVU” star and dog lover Ice T and his wife, Coco; veterans’ advocate Lois Pope; and Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of the American Humane Association.
So let’s give a big round of “a-paws” to these selfless furry soldiers, that deserve our most heartfelt gratitude.
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