As we celebrate Memorial Day, let’s remember that it’s about more than barbecues and a day off from work or school. On Memorial Day, it’s our duty to honor all of those who have died serving our country and to recognize that these brave men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live our lives safely and securely.
Let’s also take note of the unsung animal heroes who have given their lives in service to our nation and our troops abroad.
Military working dogs – like the Doberman pinscher, German shepherd, Labrador retriever and Belgian Malinois – have served our country gallantly in many theaters, from World War II to their role in the war against terror in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. A military working dog was even a member of the elite team that stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
Military horses, mules and donkeys have provided strength and support throughout military history, including dignified leading roles in the parade of honor as our fallen soldiers are escorted to their final resting places.
On this Memorial Day weekend, it is fitting and proper that we recognize these unheralded heroes and what they have done – and continue to do – for our nation both at home and abroad.
And while we’re at it, we would also like to remind all pet owners to help keep their pets safe during the holiday weekend. Whether you’re staying home or heading out to visit friends or family, remember that holidays can pose challenges to your pet. Keep an eye out for their safety, and enjoy your weekend.