The 2017 Observance of K9 Veterans Day will be Sunday, March 12, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., at the American Legion, 201 S Water Street E, in Fort Atkinson. The public is invited to participate in this celebration honoring our K9 heroes.
March 13, 1942, is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps. In 2009, the late Joseph White, retired military dog handler, began the effort to honor military and working dogs by proclaiming March 13 as K9 Veterans Day.
Following Joe White’s leadership, there is a national effort to establish March 13 as K9 Veterans Day. Several states have already taken that step. Our goal is to have March 13 proclaimed as national K9 Veterans Day, similar to our current Veterans Day.
K9 Veterans Day is intended to honor military dogs as well as those working with police, customs, border patrol, service, therapy and other working dogs whose mission it is to protect and serve the homeland and people within it.
Working dogs are commended for their loyalty and devotion and are known for placing themselves in harm’s way even to the point of making the ultimate sacrifice for their partners, handlers, and trainers.
Please consider supporting our cause.
Contact your representatives:
K9 Veterans Day Brochure (for legislators)
Sign the petition:
They say dogs are man’s best friend, but military and police working dogs are so much more.
From World War 1 to present day, these dogs have laid down their own lives, for our freedom and safety.
They deserve recognition for that faithful service and sacrifice.
– State Representative, Andy Jorgensen
On March 17, 2015, state legislation was passed to declare March 13th as K9 Veterans Day in Wisconsin. KCFA treasurer, Mabel Schumacher, was in attendance for the passing of the legislation.
- K9 Veterans Day – 2015 State Assembly Joint Resolution
- State Representative, Andy Jorgensen – Press Release – March 17, 2015
While the legislation was not passed in time to officially celebrate K9 Veterans Day in Wisconsin for 2015, a gathering was held in Fort Atkinson, WI, to observe the holiday. Attendees included State Senator Steve Nass, State Representative Andy Jorgensen, State Representative Cody Horlacher, and retired military handler, Jerry Witt.
In the Media
- Daily Jefferson County Union – Article – March 16, 2015
- Daily Jefferson County Union – Article – March 18, 2015
- Daily Jefferson County Union – Article – February 26, 2015
- Daily Jefferson County Union – Editorial – February 26, 2015