The 2022 K9 Veterans Day celebration is scheduled for Sunday, March 13.
Please plan to join us for Wisconsin’s 8th Annual K9 Veterans Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, at the American Legion Banquet Center in Fort Atkinson!
Our featured speaker is John Meeks—veteran K9 handler, bronze star recipient, and Executive Director of the U.S. War Dogs Association, Chapter 3.
We will also honor Riggs (with his handler Deputy Terry Tifft), the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department K9 who was shot in the line of duty.
Also honored will be fallen K9s from the past year and retiring working K9s. All K9 handlers—active and retired—in attendance will be recognized. All K9s in attendance will also receive a special treat.
An announcement about the Terry Beck Protective Services Scholarship fund will also be made.
Prior to the event at the American Legion location, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the K9 Veterans Memorial in Fort Atkinson’s McCoy Park at 12:30 p.m. Immediately following that, participants will gather at the American Legion.
If you love working K9s and if you want to honor them and their handlers, we encourage you to join us for this special event!
McCoy Park is located at 1100 Old Madison Road (across from Salamone’s Italian Pizzeria, 1245 Madison Avenue) and the American Legion Banquet Center is located at 201 S. Water Street East, both in Fort Atkinson, WI.
Check out the press coverage for the 6th Annual K9 Veterans Day celebration held Sunday, March 8, 2020. There is a link to a pdf of the Daily Union article, and links to the Milton Courier shown below.
The following 33-photo album is on the Milton Courier site:
The 2020 Observance of K9 Veterans Day will be Sunday, March 8, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., at the American Legion, 201 S Water Street E, in Fort Atkinson. Ron Werneth, military historian and critically acclaimed author, will be the featured speaker.
Following the observance at the Legion, there will be a wreath placed at the K9 Veterans Memorial at McCoy Park on Madison Avenue.
The public is invited to participate as we honor our K9 heroes. For more details, click the link to the invitation. 2020 – Invitation
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.