Love, love, love this — but wish it were in Washington, DC instead of San Antonio.
The United States’ first national monument to a soldier’s best friend, recognizing the sacrifices of dogs in combat, was dedicated by the U.S. military on Monday.
Inscribed with the words “Guardians of America’s Freedom,” the nine-foot tall bronze statue at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, features four dogs and a handler.
“These dogs were patriots just as much as anybody else who served,” said military dog handler John Baker of Fallon, Nevada, whose 212th Military Police Company Detachment A was known as “Hell on Paws.”
Lackland is home to the U.S. Armed Forces center that has trained dogs for all branches of the military since 1958.
I get it. The dogs are trained in SA. But the monument would get millions more visitors in DC.