Many lives were touched/saved by the work of dogs and dog handlers during conflicts. Be it the work of a scout dog, sentry dog, or tracker dog —the efforts of these animals and their trainers made a profound impact on our military.
The dream of this tribute originated with the story of a young Vietnam Veteran. He was a Scout Dog Handler, married just prior to his service and killed in action just 90 days into his tour of duty. This tribute will honor this dog and handler and all other Military Working Dogs who have served in our armed forces.
This tribute to the team â€“ military dog and handler – began its roots in Spring 2010, after The Highground Board of Directors selected this as a priority project. With the leadership of Vol General Manager Kirk Rodman, a committee of Vietnam Veterans, including dog handlers, began a search for a unique design for a life-size bronze sculpture of a Vietnam Era courageous handler and hero dog. After a nationwide search for a designer and sculptor, Michael Martino, LaCrosse, WI, was selected.
The ground breaking/throwing ceremony was held April 20, 2017; the dedication is slated for late fall or early spring 2018. The difficulty right now is the lack of â€œdrynessâ€. With so much rain and needing to re-do the landscaping, we have not been able to work with the ground to finish up!
Memorial to all working military dogs (scout, sentry and tracker) and their handlers for their sacrifice and service in protecting the liberties of the United States of America.
Our goal being to honor all Military personnel and their dogs who have served in the Vietnam and other conflicts past, present, and continuing. We hope this will provide a place of healing for those affected by these wars, and educate others regarding the effects of these wars on everyone.
(Stay Tuned Audio of this Tribute Coming Soon)