The 2015 Veterans Day ceremony at Weatherford College featured Corporal Max N242, a bomb-sniffing Labrador Retriever credited with saving 3,000 lives during his five deployments.
He was accompanied by John Park, father of Marine Capt. Jeffrey Park who adopted Max, who spoke on his behalf.
“Max served with Jeff, and the last tour he served with Jeff was a very tough one,” Park said emotionally. “They lost two men, and he saved five men who lost their arms and legs. Jeff learned real quick, that the way to save his men was to take the dogs.”
“Max and all the dogs are lifesavers to men,” Park said as he advocated for the Military Working Dog Retirement Act of 2015 that would recognize military dogs as personnel and not as equipment.
The Veterans Day program also featured the WC Jazz Band under the direction of Cal Lewiston, the WC Choir directed by Rob Laney as well as performances by Doug Jefferson, Hunter Burt and Sonny Burgess.
Members of Parker County families of fallen soldiers were also recognized as the names of those killed in action were read.
The event concluded with a formal flag retirement ceremony and the posting of a new American flag in Kramer Plaza.