Military and First Responder working dogs are critical to many efforts, continuously working under extremely difficult circumstances. Our committee feels strongly that it is important to recognize and memorialize these Heroes and pay tribute to their service with a monument.
Guardians of Freedom Memorial Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to honor this less acknowledged group and pay tribute their teamwork, courage, and sacrifices on the battlefield and in our streets by building such a memorial. With your help, we can honor these heroes by erecting a bronze statue near New York State Thruway exit 30 in Herkimer NY.
The statue will depict Armed Forces Military Handler Sergeant Adam Cann and his dog, Bruno (shown in the image above). While the two were on deployment in Afghanistan, Bruno reacted to the proximity of an explosive device. At that point a suicide bomber detonated his device killing Adam and injuring. Sergeant Cann was later properly buried at Arlington Cemetery. Eventually Bruno was brought back to the States and they brought him to the famous cemetery. When they let him off of his leash, Bruno promptly took off and found Adam's grave site where he laid in front of the grave stone and would not be moved for several hours.
Our Chairman (Herkimer County Legislator John Brezinski) heard this very touching story and was extremely moved. He then decided to use Adam and Bruno's image for our monument.
This organization seeks to honor the forgotten service animals and their handlers while becoming a beautiful addition to the already historic landscape of Herkimer County.
Once we reach our fundraising goal, Lena Toritch will sculpt a bronze statue of Adam Cann and Bruno. This statue will be to honor all handlers and their dogs that bravely serve the United States of America.
Lena Toritch, MFA, creates detailed bronze statues of many shapes and sizes. From animals to humans of every age, Toritch is skilled in making these statues in the likeness of individuals.