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Arboriculture Society of Michigan Helps Restore War Dog Memorial

There are only 18 War Dog Memorials in the United States; however, war dogs are credited with saving the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers. Coincidentally, it was a dog-walker who stumbled across the Michigan War Dog Memorial in 2009. It had gone missing for 20 years, completely obscured by trees and underbrush.

Restoring the area was a huge task, but many volunteers put in countless hours clearing the brush with hand tools. When Phil Weitlauf (AMVETS, American Legion) and Judy Long (Hanabrit German Shepherds) decided to ask Victorian Gardens Tree Service to perform some necessary tree removal, ISA’s Michigan Chapter, the Arboriculture Society of Michigan (ASM), got involved. Victorian Gardens asked two other ASM members if they would donate equipment, crews, and services to assist in the project. As a result, Camelot Tree Service and Kappen Tree Service joined the ASM Day of Service Team.

On June 23, 2012, a total of 17 ASM volunteers donated their time, resources, and goodwill to complete the restoration of the Michigan War Dog Memorial. For more information and a PowerPoint presentation that tells the whole story, visit the ASM website.

Michigan War Dog Memorial