The War Dog Memorial

Please see video of the 2000 Dedication Ceremony below

In 1999 the Discovery Channel aired the Nature's Recipe funded "War Dogs – America's Forgotten Heroes" video. Soon after, Jeff Bennett, Nature's Recipe founder, spearheaded a fundraising campaign raising over $1 million for the creation of two War Dog
Memorials. A year later on a cold rainy February morning, before a crowd of 2000 people, the West Coast War Dog Memorial was dedicated at the March Field Air Museum. The monument was created by sculptor Tom Schomberg whose other works include the Rocky Monument which stands in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Veterans Memorial located at the Riverside National Cemetery.


"The War Dog Memorial, as I created it, is meant to illustrate the bond between humans and their canine friends. Second, and most importantly, it is to illustrate the sacrifice that
these two figures have made under combat circumstances." - Tom Schomberg, Sculptor


Since its original dedication in 2000, the March Field Air Museum has held a War Dog
Memorial Ceremony in February to honor our military canine heroes and their handlers that served in battle. The second War Dog Memorial is located at Fort Benning, GA.


There is room for about 1000 inscribed tiles that are being placed on the concrete surface around the sculpture. The museum is currently taking orders for those who want to purchase these inscribed tiles. The price is $50 for a tile with one line line or $75 for a tile with two lines. If you would like to buy a war dog tile, please click the link on the file below.

Heritage Courtyard Tile Form
Heritage Tile Form.pdf
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