GPCC supports K9 Veterans Day

We honor and celebrate the men and women who served, fought and died for this nation every November 11th on Americas Veterans Day.

During the month of March, we celebrate our four legged heroes who also served, fought and gave up their lives for the benefit of this nation and her citizens. On March 13th let’s remember to observe and celebrate National K9 Veterans Day!

Why on March 13th you may ask:

Vietnam veteran and founder of K9 Veterans Day, Joseph J. White, decided March 13th was the right day for the holiday because on March 13th, 1942 the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, the U.S. K-9 Corps was created.


K9 Veterans Day - March 13th

Dogs have played and continue to play a large roll in the safety of our national citizens. 1000’s of dogs serve this nation everyday working as Military dogs, Customs dogs, Search and Rescue dogs, Border Patrol dogs, Police dogs, Secret Service dogs, Airport Security dogs, FBI dogs and many more.

Let’s take the time to remember some of our most famous four legged heroes:

STUBBY, was an American Pit Bull Terrier and one of our nations most fearless pups. Stubby participated in 17 battles, four offenses and of course doing what dogs do best brought the troops great morale during WWI. With his keen senses of smell and hearing, Stubby was able to warn his unit of poison-gas attacks, incoming artillery fire and locate and hopefully save wounded soldiers on the battlefield. Stubby died in 1926.


Stubby the War Dog

SMOKY, was a Yorkshire Terrier stationed in the Pacific during WWII. Utilizing her fantastic senses of hearing, Smoky had the great ability to hear and warn her fellow troops of incoming artillery shells long before anyone knew anything was coming. Smoky also assisted in pulling a telegraph wire through a narrow 70-foot pipe, insuring the troops communication and keeping the men safe from on coming fire and saving construction time. Smoky died February 21, 1957


Smoky the Yorkie

Stubby & Smoky paved the way for our service dogs today.

Meet Piper, the Border Collie from Michigan. Piper is a hardworking pooch that does his job diligently at the Traverse City Airport, keeping the landing strip clear and safe from birds and animals that might pose a serious threat to pilots attempting to land aircraft.

Because birds and animals can pose a major threat to aircraft landing, many airports employ sirens or pyrotechnics to keep the risk lowered, but Piper, trained by Operations Supervisor Brian Edwards has the God given training to seek out rodents and other small mammals living around the airstrip. By lowering the number of these rodents in the area, it decreases the amount of circling birds of prey from above the landing airstrip – keeping the aircraft save and sound to land.



This March 13th, let’s remember our K9 friends and family who served and continue to serve for us today – Let’s remember K9 Veterans Day.


“They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered.”

- Joseph J. White