COLORADO SPRINGS – A memorial marker to honor the dogs that sacrifice their lives to protect our troops and civilians, both overseas and at home, was stolen. The memorial was set to be the only permanent tribute to working military dogs in the country, right here in Colorado Springs.
Those plans are now on hold after the marker for the future site of the War Dog Memorial was stolen sometime between the afternoon of December 17th and the 21st.
Last summer, the city of Colorado Springs approved a space in Memorial Park for the statue.
The engraved sandstone marker was stolen from the spot where the actual statue was going to sit permanently. It was a personal birthday gift from Wade Ridpath, a Vietnam Veteran, to his wife Ruby, co-founders of the memorial.
For over three years, the couple has worked tirelessly to raise money for the memorial fund.
The Ridpath’s are heartbroken that someone would steal something that was not only a gift from the heart but a tribute to our nation’s working dog heroes.
You can find more information about the ‘War Dog Memorial Colorado’ here.