Featured Story: 9/11 RESCUE DOGS RECEIVE A BIG THANK YOU.

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It’s hard to believe that 15 years has passed since  the morning of September 11th, 2001. A morning that forever changed America.

There are statues, plaques, and gardens in many different states honoring the search and rescue heroes, and those who have fallen.

Now there is a monument devoted to more than 350 dogs that responded to the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks . The Essex County Eagle Rock September 11th Memorial in West Orange, New Jersey has been described as a “Peaceful and Moving 911 Memorial” on TripAdvisor. The memorial overlooks Downtown Manhattan where hundreds gathered on 9/11 to witness what was happening across the Hudson, feeling helpless.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.15.11 PMThe statue dedicated to the heroic rescue dogs weighs 5,000 pounds and is 4 feet tall. “In our lives, dogs become part of our family, are trusted friends and played an integral role in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero and the Pentagon,” County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said in a statement.

A plaque next to the statue reads:
“More than 350 search and rescue dogs were called into action on September 11, 2001. They scrambled over the smoldering debris of the Twin Towers, using all their senses to locate survivors – to no avail. From Daschunds to Golden Retrievers, dogs and their owners, all well-trained for the mission, but sadly were stunned by their inability to find a living soul. They did their best at the Pentagon site, as well. As the reality of the situation became starkly evident, depression reached the first responders, the owners and their animals, and soon, the dogs began to play another role – that of comforter. They snuggled close to workers taking a moment of respite from their grueling labors, rested a head upon a knee, the men and women drawing solace from the warm touch of the animal – and the dog rewarded with strokes and soft words. Search and rescue dogs have served during traumatic events throughout the world, from Oklahoma City to Haiti, reminding us, over and over, of the unbreakable bonds we share.”

We will never forget.

BY: SHANNON SARDELLA

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