For the most part, we know what Memorial Day stands for: a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. Originating after the Civil War to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers, by the 20th century, it had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
We would, however, like to take the time to remember the four-legged soldiers who also gave their lives in the service of this country:
“Down jungle tracks through shot and shell, ears pricked high, keen sense of smell, our tracker dogs with care and poise alert to ambush, foreign noise, never whimper, whine nor bark. Their service honoured with this plaque. No medals pinned on hairy chest: they stayed behind. They were the best.”
ALL GAVE SOMETHING – SOME GAVE ALL