Monday, September 12, 2016

21-Gun Salute For Iraq Veteran-Belgian Malinois

Bomb-sniffing military dog who served in Iraq gets 21-gun salute
Miami Herald
Karla Ward
September 11, 2016

The memorial service had all the somber trappings of the many other military funerals held at Camp Nelson National Cemetery through the years: a lone trumpeter playing taps, the presentation of the flag to the family, a crowd of tearful mourners, a horse-drawn caisson, cannon fire and a 21-gun salute.

But the veteran who was being honored beneath the pavilion Saturday afternoon was unlike any who had been honored at the cemetery before.

The deceased was Iireland, 13, a military working dog who served two tours in Iraq sniffing out explosive devices.

Though Iireland is buried on a farm, the public memorial service for the female Belgian Malinois who died in August was the first of its kind at the cemetery.
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