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K-9 Veterans Day at University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

(Knoxville, TN., February 19, 2013) -- While the official birthday of the U.S. "K-9 Corps" is March 13, the German Shepherd Dog Club of East Tennessee, together with the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and Knox County, will host a "K-9 Veterans Day" ceremony Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 1 p.m.

The event is free and will take place, rain or shine, at the War Dog Memorial located in front of the veterinary college at 2407 River Drive, Knoxville. The public is invited to attend.


This event will honor all the dogs from all our wars, including past and present military working dogs, police service dogs, search and rescue dogs, dogs used by the Secret Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or other agencies, and the therapy dogs and assistance dogs who comfort and help our wounded veterans.  This is an opportunity to recognize and pay tribute to these dogs who selflessly serve humanity and make our world a better place.

Tennessee House Resolution 42 will be read and presented to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department Canine Unit. The ceremony will also include guest speakers, a color guard, the Star Spangled Banner, wreath laying, reading of names in memory of military and other working dogs, and Taps. During the ceremony, the college will offer a brief tribute to Dr. Maurice Acree. Acree, who donated the War Dog Memorial to the college, passed away March 8. The event will conclude with a police dog demonstration by members of the Knox County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit. 

Visit for more information about K-9 Veterans Day movement and the late Joseph White, its founder.




Posted: 02-19-13 Viewed: 53249 times

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Sandra Harbison
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996

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