War Dog Remembrance Day
Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 10 a.m.
Free museum admission all day long for Veterans
The March Field Air Museum will host its annual War Dog Remembrance Day on Saturday, February 16, 2019, honoring the many military canines and their handlers who have served their country. Ceremonies kick off at 10 a.m. at the West Coast War Dog Memorial (located in the Museum’s outdoor Heritage Courtyard), presented in partnership with The Dawgs Project. Then at noon, a K-9 team will demonstrate dog handling abilities and techniques, subject to availability.
Parking and admission are free to the outdoor ceremonies and demonstrations, which will be held rain or shine. Military veterans, active duty service personnel, and the general public are invited to attend; no personal pets are allowed. The keynote speaker for the Remembrance Day ceremonies will be U.S. Department of Defense Police Officer Christopher Torrez, Force Protection, Commander Naval Region Southwest. Participating in the K-9 demonstrations will be active duty military canines and their handlers from the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Expeditionary Forces, Law Enforcement Battalion. All day long, current-duty service members and veterans will enjoy free museum admission.
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 in using 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.
Museum admission is FREE all day long for veterans on February 17. We invite you to tour the museum and its many new exhibits this day, including a special one "Saluting a Century of Service" at adjacent March Field. Thank you for your service.