Richmond, Va. – Virginia will again commemorate K-9 Veterans Day on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m.-12 noon at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond.

The 5th Annual K-9 Veterans Day Commemoration, presented by Woodfin – Your Home Team, is a family-friendly event that honors the contributions of the heroic dogs that serve side-by-side with their human companions on the battlefield, here at home assisting police and law enforcement agencies, performing search and rescue missions, and providing companionship to military and civilian hospital patients and veterans.

Virgina Delegate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler of Hanover County and Virginia War Memorial Director Dr. Clay Mountcastle will kick off the event with a special patriotic ceremony in the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater on the Memorial Grounds. K-9 units scheduled to perform are:

· Marine Corps Base Quantico Military Working Dogs
· Virginia Capitol Police K-9s
· Hanover Hounds Search and Rescue Team K-9s
· Canine Companions Service and Therapy Dogs

In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly joined the legislatures of 13 other states in passing a resolution to annually designate March 13 as K-9 Veterans Day. This date was chosen as on this
day in 1942 U.S. Secretary of War Robert Patterson authorized the U.S. Army Quartermaster
General to include dogs in the military effort to win World War II.

“The Virginia War Memorial is proud to again co-host Virginia’s K-9 Veterans Day Celebration for the fifth consecutive year with the members of the Hanover Hounds Search and Rescue K-9s,” said Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Virginia War Memorial Director. “The Memorial is a fitting venue to honor the service and sacrifice of our military, law enforcement, and rescue dogs whether they serve on the battlefield or in our communities. While the official date of K-9