Honoring Animals that have served our country in war & Peace

 A new award and highest honor to an animal for bravery in both war and peace will be created with a ceremony called the Inaugural Animals in War and Peace Medal Ceremony to be held in Washington, DC on November 14, 2019. 

Inaugural Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony

 A reception and awards ceremony honoring eight to ten unsung animal heroes recognizing their accomplishments in both war and peace. This reception will be the first step toward a new Congressional Medal of Bravery to underscore America’s appreciation of the sacrifices and heroics of our  animals who served our country. This American medal will be similar to the British PDSA Dickin Medal, “the Victoria Cross for Animals”. The Dickin Medal has been presented to seventy-one war heroes since WW2, with six of them as American heroes.

Six posthumous medals  will be given by Members of Congress and sponsors to animals that served in World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Afghanistan/Iraq War. Two to four medals  will be given by Members of Congress and sponsors to current (alive) working or retired military animals representing our five military services or first responders/police dogs for their bravery, service and sacrifice. 

Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Time: 5:00PM to 8:00PM EST (Medal ceremony at 6:00PM)

Place: The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave.,SW, Washington, DC

Hosts: The National Marine Corps League and Angels Without Wings, Inc. (a California non-profit organization that spearheaded monuments to Korean War horse, Sgt. Reckless.

Honorary Attendees: The Honorable Don Beyer (8th VA), The Honorable Julia Brownley (26th CA) and former Senator The Honorable John Warner (VA). 

For TICKET information: Mari Lou Livingood,, 703-297-5961; Robin Hutton,, 805-603-2174. 

We hope you will join us at this historic event as we honor our winged and four-legged heroes who have served so valiantly in defense of our nation.

Sponsors & Donors

James E. "Ted" Bassett, III

Russell B. Scott, Jr.

Timothy T Day Foundation

Mary & Gary West

Alex Campbell, Jr.

tickets for the Medal ceremony

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Inaugural Animals in War & Peace Medal Ceremony

The Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Independence Ave. SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024, United States

(805) 603-2174

Date and Time:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

5:00pm - 8:00pm - Ceremony begins at 6:00pm