March Field Air Museum Presents the
20th Annual War Dog Remembrance Day Program “Wardogs, America’s Forgotten Heroes”
February 16, 2020
Ceremonies Begin at 10 a.m.
K-9 Demonstrations follow
The March Field Air Museum will host the 20th annual War Dog Remembrance Day on Sunday, February 16, 2020, honoring the many military canines and their handlers who have served their country. Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. at the West Coast War Dog Memorial (located in the Museum’s outdoor Heritage Courtyard), presented in partnership with Vietnam Dog Handlers Association. Immediately following the Remembrance program, K-9 teams will demonstrate the many abilities and techniques. (Corona Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will be participating).
Parking and admission are free to the outdoor ceremonies and demonstrations, which will be held rain or shine. Museum admission is also free to the public from 9:00am to noon. Military veterans, active duty service personnel, and the general public are invited to attend; no personal pets are allowed. Featured speakers for the Remembrance Day program will included Major General Paul Eaton, California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, A. Thomas Schomberg, the sculptor, and writer-producer Tim Prokop, among many others.
Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star. He was also a captain in the Army Reserves for two additional years. Major General Eaton is a former United States Army officer most known for his command of operations to train Iraqi troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Eaton served in that capacity between 2003 and 2004, and then returned to the US to become Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Training, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Schomberg’s sculptures are world-renowned and are exhibited and collected internationally. His collectors are a diverse group that include corporations, entrepreneurs, museum directors/curators, private individuals, and professional athletes. Amongst his collectors is film actor Sylvester Stallone, who later commissioned Schomberg to create the iconic ROCKY statue for the movie, “Rocky III”. Prokop, working with executive producers Gary Benz and Jeffrey Bennet, produced and wrote the award-winning documentary War Dogs: America’s Forgotten Heroes, narrated by Martin Sheen – and nominated by the Writer’s Guild of America for Best Documentary Screenplay. Prokop then produced and directed dozens of top shows and series for GRB, including Untold Stories of the ER, True Caribbean Pirates, Shot From the Sky and Medal of Honor which was selected by the CMOHS for display in their museum
Dedicated in February 2000 at the March Field Air Museum, the West Coast War Dog Memorial honors the military canine heroes and their handlers who have served in battle—and their sacrifices. War Dogs, also known as Military Working Dogs, have been used by the U.S. Military since World War I. During the Vietnam War, all four branches of the military employed nearly 5,000 canines and 10,000 handlers, making this the largest concentrated effort to dogs and their handlers by the U.S. Military. War Dogs continue to serve today by sniffing out explosives, apprehending combatants in hiding, and performing many other roles while helping America’s troops to avoid unnecessary human casualties.