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These classroom comments are quotes from Ms. Carroll’s 7th Grade Social Studies Class Chester, New Hampshire. If you are interested in having your class post comments please CLICK HERE.
Quotes from Ms. Carroll’s 7th Grade
Social Studies Class Chester, New Hampshire.
“The dogs that fought in the war helped the soldiers. I think they deserve the honor of a memorial because the dogs saved lives…The dogs should get the honor they deserve so a memorial should be put up in Washington D.C.”
Sabrina Rose Gilman
“I was personally offended when I heard the statement…’Dogs were incidental. It is not appropriate to have a monument to a dog in a place that men and women are honored.’ If the dogs were not involved in the war the United States would have many more names on the memorials. So I feel it is more than appropriate for us to celebrate the true heroism in the dogs.”
“I think you should respect the role that they played in the Vietnam War. They deserve a memorial for the same reason that all other soldiers do. They saved many people.”
“The army deserted them and treated them like equipment. These dogs saved many platoons and they were trained just like men and women and went through the same disasters as soldiers. They deserved better.”
Joseph L. Balestra
“I think it is very important to celebrate the War Dogs because they risked their lives to protect the men of this country. They should be honored like any other veteran. They may have been treated like a dog but they acted and protected just like a human maybe even better than a human.”
“These dogs deserve to be honored and in a place where men and women are honored, and a great place for the memorial is Washington D.C. I hope you will reconsider.
“I was outraged to hear that you refused a War Dogs memorial…you also stated that ‘it was inappropriate to have a memorial for dogs in a place where men and women are honored.’ A lot of those men being honored wouldn’t be around today if it wasn’t for one of those dogs…the dogs are not incidental. Your statement is false, and your way of thinking is false! But, you know what? Don’t bother! They will rise up, and put a memorial in every state possible, to show honor for these dogs.”
Emily Marie Hooper
”When I was watching the movie about the war dogs I realized that the dogs deserved to be honored just as much as the soldiers did. I think that they should put a memorial near the other memorials from the Vietnam War.”
“I think the politicians should wake up and realize that if it weren’t for these dogs, hundreds, even thousands of soldiers would have died.”
No Name Given
“In the movie the dogs showed comfort to their owners. They were there for them when the soldiers were all alone. The soldiers had no way to know if the enemy was close or not. So I believe that there should be a monument in D.C. where so many people visit. Without the dogs soldiers would have died.”
“I am aware that the monument for the War Dogs was rejected. You put up monuments for the soldiers but why not for the dogs? The dogs were soldiers. They saved people’s lives. They should be remembered.”
“When we found out the memorial in Washington had been denied the chance because the dogs were ‘incidental’ and that ‘the dogs should not be honored in a place where men and women are honored.” Well, what are class had to say is ‘that’s not fair.’ Those dogs deserve to be honored as much as the men and women who fought in the war.”
“If not for dogs, half of the men wouldn’t have come back to America. My classmates and I know that the statement (about dogs being incidental) is false.”
“We all think the war dogs should have a memorial in Washington D.C., because if it wasn’t for those dogs a lot of people would have died. A lot of people visit Washington D.C., so that’s why the memorial should be there…It was not right to call the dogs equipment because they did a lot and they deserve a memorial in their honor.”
“We would appreciate it if you would reconsider putting up a monument in honor of the dogs to be placed in Washington D.C.”
“As I understand the War Dogs were looked upon as tools for the government. This deeply saddens me to know the War Dogs of this country are not being paid the respect that they truly deserve. These dogs were not just a tool. They were everything to the men fighting for our country.”
“I also think that there should be a memorial. We want the dogs to be remembered. If you ever lost someone you loved so much you would want them remembered.”
"I think that the war-dogs should have a memorial in Washington D.C. If it weren’t for them lots more people would have died. They are heroes just like all of the other veterans. They deserve just as much recognition, respect, and fame as all of the human veterans."
“When I was little I remember seeing or hearing things about the war in Vietnam and how the men fought and were killed during battle and were later honored and got memorials, but they never said anything about their trustful, loyal and friendly companions and I’m not talking about other humans, I’m talking about their dogs.”
“I think the dogs should have been taken back to the states not just left to starve in Vietnam…All I have to say is that dogs are not equipment.”
“It is sad to see them (dogs) going into war, but I think it is a good idea. Their senses have lead soldiers to traps, to bombs and many other weapons. Without them we might not have survived the Vietnam war as well as the American soldiers did. If I had the power to change something I would. I would change how dogs can’t go home after they have served in the war.”
“It was sad at the end of the movie because the dogs could never go to a home…they couldn’t go home because the government was afraid they would carry diseases into the country. So they were either sent for other work or they were shot or left out to starve and die. The only people who remembered these brave heroes were the soldiers who were saved by them.”
“I think it’s so sad on what happened in the movie, I cried just watching it. I can’t imagine how they must feel leaving their dogs behind. They loved their dogs so much. They went through thick and thin to save them and the dogs did the same for the humans.”
"The handlers did not want to leave them, but the American army said they were just equipment and they would be treated like equipment. So they were left to starve, to be killed or be sent to a place that would eat dogs. All the dogs risked their lives for the people and for us and those are the real heroes of today, tomorrow and always.”
“These dogs were so brave that they didn’t care what happened to them. They laid down their lives for our country and saved many of our men. These dogs are heroes and should have been treated like it. Heroes should not be abandoned…I hope if we ever use dogs in the war again that our government will be ethical and intelligent enough to bring our hero dogs home.”
“It is like nobody cares about if a dog lives or dies, only the handler cares.”
“If I were the government, I would have had the vet come and look each and every one of them for disease. And if there wasn’t a disease in a dog I would have sent them back to the people they loved. That way everyone doesn’t have to worry about broken hearts.”
“I do not think what happened to the dogs in the end is fair. The military called the dogs ‘equipment.’ Dogs shouldn’t be specified as equipment, dogs are just like soldiers only they’re better in some aspects. Thousands of war dogs as well as soldiers gave their lives so that we can be the country we are today…freedom cost countless amounts of blood, tears, memories, friends and family. We all take freedom for granted and that’s not right.”
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