COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A volunteer group is working to honor and recognize some of our forgotten heroes with a memorial.

Since World War II, War Dogs have served side by side along the military saving thousands of lives.

Saturday five retired war dogs, who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait, demonstrated some of their skills for the public at the Chapel Hills Mall.

The event was hosted by War Dog Memorial Colorado, a group working to bring awareness to war dogs and the work they do.

“We have a passion for the life saving capabilities of America’s working dogs and what they’ve done and the tens of thousands of lives they’ve saved,” said Ruby Ridpath, War Dog Memorial Founder. “So, we are in the process of raising the funds to build a war dog memorial.”

The statues will be place in Memorial Park once they’re completed.

The group has raised $40,000 of their $200,000 goal so far.

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