When soldier dogs die, their memorial services will rip your heart out. Their bowls are placed upside down, to symbolize that they won’t need them anymore. Their collars and leashes are hung up in remembrance of the dog. And if the memorial is at a kennel, the dog’s kennel door is left open, indicating the dog will not be returning home. The handler, or someone who can handle the heartbreaking duty, reads a poem called Guardians of the Night. I can’t even think about it without tearing up.

MWD. Just like their handlers, these hardworking dogs would love to get a care package from you. Google for what they need. After their tours these incredible dogs sometimes need a new forever home. Adopt a veteran!

The identification tags on the Fallen Warrior Memorial represent the 199 sustainment Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Photo Credit: Photo by Jamie Carson, CASCOM Public Affairs Office

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