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Plans announced for Westchester war dog memorial

Wednesday's announcement in Lasdon Park

WHITE PLAINS – A memorial to war dogs will be erected at Lasdon Park in White Plains thanks to more than $30,000 raised by Friends of Lasdon Park and Arboretum.

The life-sized sculpture based on a World War II War Dog named “Chips,” is planned for the Trail of Honor at the park. It will pay tribute to the thousands of service dogs that fought to protect the nation’s soldiers in violent war zones.

Nero, a wounded German Shepherd that served in Iraq, was present on Wednesday with his owner John Conley, a Vietnam and Afghanistan War veteran.

“There are thousands of service dogs who have risked it all to protect our military personnel, while they are fighting to protect us,” said Westchester Executive George Latimer at a ceremony on Wednesday. “Many of these dogs continue to serve long after they’ve returned home, helping our disabled veterans. The statue of Chips is a small way that we can pay tribute to our military dogs, and honor the bond that exists between our soldiers, marines, airmen and sailors, and their K-9 companions.”


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