Dedicated to the memory of THE WAR DOG erected by the veterinarians, humane organizations and the dog-loving public to perpetual kindness t man’s most faithful friend for his heroic services in World Wars I and II
A while back someone post a link to the Michigan War Dog Memorial near South Lyon, since I was near there I wanted to see it. Traveling down Milford Road near 11 mile, up on a small hill you see a large stone memorial with a statue of a German Sheppard. I parked the Jeep and went up the hill to see it, and that is when it hit me that this is more than a memorial but a cemetery for K-9s that faithfully served our country. There are hundreds of markers from dogs of several wars. I have been to several cemeteries and this one is way different, when you look at the markers and see names like, Sport, Buddy or Champ. Just from the names you can visualize a happy hard working dog standing next to an American soldier protecting the troops.
What I found on the memorials website is the interesting part, it was lost, not misplaced , but forgotten by the people the dogs served so loyally. In time the memorial became overgrown and was not seen, and as generations went by it disappeared into the Michigan woods. In 2010 it was found again by army veteran Phil Weitlauf and his dog Cody. Volunteers started the process of clearing the site and returning the memorial to the purpose it was created for.
if you would like to know more about the memorial here is a link the website.