Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The final home of the first national monument to military working dogs will be in Texas. But before the U.S. Working Dog Teams National Monument makes its home near San Antonio, folks can get a preview of the monument in Southern California.
The public will get a sneak peek of the monument at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena on Jan. 1, when a floral replica will be used as Natural Balance's float...
When the float goes on display afterward at Victory Park, the real bronze monument will make its public debut next to it... Then the bronze monument will go on tour as it heads to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Lackland Air Force Base is home to the 341st Training Squadron, where every military working dog team has been trained for every branch of the military since 1958.
Former military working dog handler John Burnam spearheaded the movement to have a national monument for military canines. He also designed the monument. Burnam, along with military working dogs and and their handlers, will ride on the Natural Balance float on New Year's Day.