INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 8, 2010
Assemblyman GORDON M. JOHNSON
District 37 (Bergen)
Assemblywoman L. GRACE SPENCER
District 29 (Essex and Union)
Designates March 13 each year as “K9 Veterans Day.”
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
A3462 JOHNSON, SPENCER
AN ACT designating March 1 13 of each year as “K9 Veterans Day.”
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
March 13 of each year is designated as “K9 Veterans Day” in
the State of New Jersey. The Governor is requested to annually
issue a proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of
this State to observe the day with appropriate activities and programs.
This act shall take effect immediately.
This bill designates March 13 of each year as “K9 Veterans Day”
in this State. The Governor is requested to annually issue a
proclamation calling upon public officials and the citizens of this
State to observe the day with appropriate activities and programs.
The official K9 Corps was created on March 13, 1942. Joseph J.
White, a retired Military Working Dog handler and founder of “K9
Veterans Day,” pioneered a nation-wide effort to get the entire
country to recognize March 13 as K9 Veterans Day.
Thousands of dogs have served with honor, dignity and valor
throughout the history of our country’s birth and growth. These
dogs have served at many jobs in all of our wars, having been
employed by the United States Military from World War I to
To this day, dogs continue to serve with honor, dignity and valor
on our borders and abroad everyday, on both land and sea. Many
State residents actively participate in and engage in K9 training and
operational activities to assist the United States Military.
Due the current war on terror, such dogs as Customs Dogs,
Search and Rescue Dogs, Border Patrol Dogs, Police Dogs, Secret
Service Dogs and many more will be included with the Military
Working Dogs in this recognition as they also help protect and
serve our country.
It is well known that K9 dogs are loyal, loving, and devoted, and
that they have knowingly placed themselves in harms way, making
the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for their partners.
It is appropriate to honor these dogs and to recognize their
contributions by designating March 13 of each year as “K9Veterans Day.”
Joe White (04/14/1949 - 10/24/2009)
Joe White founded the K9 Veterans Day Movement in the United States with the aim of honoring and giving recognition to all K9 Veterans that gave their lives in support of mankind. He also strongly promoted the recognition of all "Assistance Dogs" in the Public and Private sectors such as: Police K9s, Customs K9s, Border Patrol K9s, Airport Police K9s, Search and Rescue dogs, private bomb and security dogs, and private therapy dogs to name a few! His untimely death has not stopped the effort to recognize our 4 legged heroes.
I suggest that his efforts be taken one step further and that we promote and elect an "International K9 Day" on March 13th!
March 13, 1942 was the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps.
John "Word Man" Muller.