9/11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony

9/11 Working Dog Recognition Ceremony Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 12:45 PM, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011

Finding One Another (FOA) will honor canine working dog teams on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. FOA has identified more than 950 working dog teams (civilian, government, law enforcement and military) who served in response to the attacks of 9/11. These teams were involved with search and rescue, recovery and security efforts at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville and the Fresh Kills Landfill recovery site. They have never been fully honored.

Moment of Remembrance

The Recognition Ceremony will begin at 12:45 pm with an address by the Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg, U.S. Senator, State of New Jersey. Following his address, we will pause at 1:00 pm for the Moment of Remembrance, when cities and towns, firehouses, churches, and other institutions across the country will sound sirens and ring bells for one minute. “These sirens and bells,” writes Senator Lautenberg, “are a signal for each person to stop and remember the people we have lost and demonstrate the perseverance the American people have shown since that fateful day.”

The Recognition Ceremony

FAO has organized a Recognition Ceremony at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, (across from Lower Manhattan) beginning at 12:45 pm on September 11, 2011. Over 1,000 canine working dog teams who served at the 9/11 sites have been or are being invited and current working dog teams will line the processional route honoring the 9/11 teams.

The Sirius Courage Award

The first Sirius Courage Award will be presented posthumously to SGT Zainah Caye Creamer, USA, the first woman military working dog handler killed in combat in the history of the United States. She died in Afghanistan on January 12, 2011. It will also be presented posthumously to Petty Officer First Class John Douangdara, USN.  PO1 Douangdara was killed along with his canine partner Bart in the attack on the SEAL helicopter in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011 that claimed the lives of 29 of their fellow service members.  The award is named after the only dog to be killed at Ground Zero and will be presented by his handler, Lt. Lim of the Port Authority Police.

Signing of the Convention on Cooperation Among American Working Dog Organizations

Civilian, law enforcement and military working dog teams of 9/11 will be honored at the Recognition Ceremony. At the end of the Recognition Ceremony, members of AKC Parent Clubs, working dog clubs and other organizations will be invited to sign a Convention on Cooperation Among American Working Dog Organizations, with the formalities of a treaty signing ceremony. This ceremony will be a re-signing of the same document that was originally signed in 2008 at the Doberman Pinscher Centennial in Topeka, Kansas.

White House Conference on Working Dogs in America

The momentum generated by the Recognition Ceremony and the historic signing of the Convention on Cooperation will be used to plan a White House Conference on Working Dogs in America. Through the commitment of American dog breeders to DHS and others, the political capital of these efforts may be parlayed into alliances that will help advance the cause of providing American Dogs for American Security in furtherance of the security of the United States.

Working Dog Organizations and AKC Parent Club Involvement Request

There is room for you to become part of this event. We ask for the assistance of all working dog organizations and AKC Parent Clubs in identifying representatives to participate in the signing of the Convention on Cooperation, and volunteers from local chapter clubs in the New York metropolitan area who can help coordinate the dignitaries and participants who are coming to the event.



American Kennel Club Member Club Contributors

Afghan Hound Club of America
American Belgian Tervuren Club
American Bloodhound Club
American Chesapeake Club
American Chinese Crested Club
American Lhasa Apso Club
American Maltese Association
American Rottweiler Club
American Shetland Sheepdog Association
American Whippet Club
Bayou Kennel Club
Basenji Club of America
Border Terrier Club of America
Borzi Club of Northern California
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club of Southern California (Chapter Club)
Chesapeake Irish Terrier Club (Chapter Club)
Chihuahua Club of America
Doberman Pinscher Club of America
Doberman Pinscher Club of Hawaii (Chapter Club)
Doberman Pinscher Club of Manitoba (Chapter Club)
Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America
English Setter Association of America
Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America
French Bull Dog Club of America
Golden Retriever Club of America
German Shepherd Dog Club of America, Inc.
Greater Orange Park Dog Club
Irish Terrier Club of America
Kanadasga Kennel Club
Keeshond Club of America
Keystone English Springer Spaniel Club (Chapter Club), Medford, NJ
Keystone English Springer Spaniel Club (Chapter Club), Elkton, MD
Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club (Chapter Club)
New Brunswick Kennel Club
Northern Bearded Collie Fanciers
Northern California Herding Group Association
Northern NJ German Shepherd Dog Club (Chapter Club)
Otterhound Club of America
Northern California Bearded Collie Fanciers
Puget Sound Doberman Pinscher Club
Raleigh Kennel Club


More Contributors

4H Kids N’Dog Clubs
A.A.S.A. Rescue
Tami Aloi
Amb-U-Car, Inc.
Anonymous Friends
Candace Ardizzone
Bonnie H. Bailey
Robert adn Janice Blackledge
John and Patricia Boelte
Jonathan Boyles
Lori Brunner
Pam Burns
Ken Copen
Albert and Klara Chun
Marylyn DeGregorio
Charley Dimmick
Mary Dobrus
Darla Duffey
Darlene Evans
Dog Record Company
Robin Farris
Eileen Foley
Amy Fujinaka
Debbie Galory
Barbara Greenlee Germann
Kiki Gindler
Regina Hairie
Jerry and Lisa Halcomb
Gwen Hales
R.K. and I.A. Hakoda
Sharon Hall
Linda M. Hiestand
Eleanor Hillegeist
Ellen Richbell Hollon
Joseph and Ann Hotung
Celeste Hyams
Michael and Inez Ida
Keri Jackson
Alison Jayne
Joan H. Johnson
Gwyn Jones
Michael and Pamela Jones
Nancy Kasinski
Robin Kelley
Elizabeth Kinsinger
Melanie Koon
Carol Kyle
Clifford and Valerie Lamar
Anthony and Susan Lathrop
Deborah Lawler
Hiroko and Morris Lee
Judith Lustig
Georgia McRae
Linda Murphy
Jane Nadelson
Ann Nagy
Margaret Nelson
Pat and Arthur Newalu
Newtown Veterinary Clinic, Inc
Paula O’Brien Poglinco
Phoenix S. Pak
William and Barbara Peach
Herbert and Janice Pereira
Anne Perfetti
Nancy E. Phillips
Joann Priore
Victor Rendano
Evelyn and Robertino Reyes
Ellen Rosenbloom
Robin Salmaggi
Anthony Saunders
Ellen Schwartzman
Dale Schwemmer
Dennis M. Sheridan
Nancy Sodel
James and Catherine Staege
Dayle Sullivan
Marsha Susag
Theresa R. Tokar
Gerald Tollefson
Karen Tromblee
Rae and Samita Vaoifi
E. Veltman
Janet Wagner
Robert J. Walker and Patricia Pinney Walker Trust
Janet S.Wheeler
Trudy Wisner


FOA Sponsors

Working Dog Club of Hawaii Cornelius Lewis Maxine Verne Paul Dewing