Today is Memorial Day - a day of remembrance for fallen United States servicemen, women, and canines, who bravely served our country. While it unofficially marks the start of summer in many areas, with family get-togethers, picnics, barbeques, pool time, and more, we can not forget the true meaning of the day and take a few minutes to pay homage to those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the years for our country.
|Siberian Husky "Buck," War Dog Amabasador|
A very interesting personal story about how in 2006, a newspaper copy editor, Mary Ann Whitley, read Chips' story that had been submitted across the wire, only to have it spark a recollection of a photo of a dog that her dad, Sgt. Herson L. Whitley, coincidentally had in his photo album (the photo of Chips above). Turns out her father knew Chips! You can read Mary Ann's story, A Dog Called Chips, on the United States War Dogs Association page HERE.
History of Memorial Day
This Memorial Day post is dedicated to my late Dad, who served with the U.S. Army's "Big Red One" 1st Division, 16th Infantry and his second tour with the Rainbow Division, 42nd Infantry. This photo was taken of him during WWII on base with two of his furpals. His compassion for, and love of, dogs is just part of his legacy.While my dad survived two tours in WWII, we did lose him way too early, just 34 years after his honorary discharge. This Memorial Day, I'd like to remember and honor my Dad for his brave service.