Bomb-sniffing military dog who served in Iraq gets 21-gun salute
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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