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Salute to the Dogs of War

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Krystin and John Hooper of Berryville brought their 15-week-old German shepherd Annie and their restored 1945 Army jeep to the third annual Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service in Front Royal on Saturday. The ceremony, hosted by the United States Air Force Association, Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter 435, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars was held in honor of all veterans and the dogs who served in the armed forces. Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)

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Members of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue and shepherds that are available for adoption are recognized during the Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service on Saturday in Front Royal. The ceremony included a prayer for past and present troops and blessing of the dogs conducted by the Rev. Deborah Rutter of Calvary Episcopal Church in Front Royal. Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)

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Fairfax resident Mary O'Connell, a member of Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, listens to retired U.S. Marine Corps. Lt. Gen. Norman Smith give a speech about the dogs of war. O'Connell brought her dog Dusty to the Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service. "She has a lot of reason to be thankful and help out this rescue as much as she can," O'Connell said of her 9-year-old rescue shepherd. Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)

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Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Norman Smith told listeners at the Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service on Saturday that service dogs have worked faithfully for many years to save American lives. "Not only do these animals serve us on the field of battle, they also provide vital assistance in law enforcement and in the rehabilitation of minds and bodies requiring special assisance." Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)

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Steve Schwalb of Front Royal stands with Zeus during the Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service on Saturday in Front Royal. Schwalb, an Army and Navy veteran, is taking care of the German shepherd until he finds his "forever home." Zeus can be adopted through Virginia German Shepherd Rescue -- www.shepherdrescue.org/. Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)

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Brian Petruskie of Colonial Beach, Va., center, leads Remount Depot living history reenactors during the Salute to the Dogs of War memorial service on Saturday in Front Royal. Linda Ash/Daily (Buy photo)



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