Approved by U.S. Congress (Public Law 110-181, Section 2877) Congressional Sponsor: U.S. Representative Walter B. Jones, NC
Donations at work
2013 Graphics Rendering of the Military Working Dog Teams National Monument.
CLAY TO BRONZE SCULPTURES By Paula Slater
Doberman Pinscher Clay Sculpture is 1.5 times its normal size.
Doberman Pinscher finished in Bronze
Labrador Retriever Clay Sculpture is 1.5 times its normal size.
Labrador Retriever finished in Bronze
German Shepherd Clay Sculpture is 1.5 times its normal size.
German Shepherd finished in Bronze
Belgian Malinois Clay Sculpture is 1.5 times its normal size.
Belgian Malinois finished in Bronze
Military Dog Handler Clay Sculpture is 1.5 times a 6 foot person.
Military Dog Handler finished in Bronze
Not Forgotten Fountain: Working clay sculpture of Vietnam War Dog Handler. Much more detail to be added. Fountain features a dog handler pouring water from his canteen into his metal helmet for his dog sitting next to him. The fountain will be fully functional for visiting dogs to have a drink. It is in memory of all the hero war dogs that served, died, and were left behind in Vietnam. Design concept by John Burnam and assisted by Dave & Cheryl Duffield of Maddie’s Fund, and sculpted by Paula Slater.
Working Clay sculpture of German Shepherd Dog looking to get a drink of water from his handler. The water will drain from the steel helmet into a trough carved into the granite pedestal so visiting dogs can have a drink. The size of the dog and handler is 1.3 life size. Once bronzed, the dog and handler will be installed on a granite pedestal.
CONSTRUCTING THE FOUNDATION Ahern Construction Corporation
Location for the construction of 5,000 square foot national monument.
July 2013: Ahern Construction Corporation removed the wooden pavilion and digging the Foundation.
Carving the 3,000 sqare foot foundation to support the huge weight of the tons of granite.
Ahern Construction crews packing the foundation in preparation of installing the granite surface.
GRANITE PROCESS Keith Monument Co & Rock of Ages Corp
August 15, 2013: Mr. Robert Boulanger, Vice President, Rock of Ages Corporation and John Burnam in front of granite plant, Graniteville, Vermont. All the granite components of the national monument will be completed, packaged, loaded on several trailers, and driven from Vermont to San Antonio, Texas for installation at Lackland Air Force Base in early September.
Vermont granite quarry: This is where the tons of granite components for the national monument were extracted by stone craftsmen and machine. Photos taken by John Burnam on August 15, 2013.
The granite plant where the granite components of the national monument were cut, shaped, engraved, and polished by expert stone craftsmen.
The blades of the machine slam down on the granite blocks with loud and tremendous force to break them to size.
Precision polishing machine uses water and a series of special brushes to grind and polish the surface smooth as glass.
Two of four sections of the granite pedestal of the national monument cut to precise measurements, polished surface and shaped edge. Engraving dog names and wars of service is the next step in the process. The complete size will be 20 feet x 16 feet x 20 inches tall. The four large bronze Dogs and 9-foot Dog Handler will be permanently installed on this granite pedestal after it arrives at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Cutting and engraving a panel of three solid granite panels that makeup the granite “History Wall.” The wall sits behind the granite pedestal of the four dogs and handler. The complete size of the wall is 16 feet x 9.5 feet x 1.5 feet thick.
Cutting and shaping the granite pavers are stacked for packaging and shipping to Lackland Air Force Base. The surface of each granite paver is stippled (roughed-in surface) so that your shoes will not slip when surface is wet.
Three Granite Benches (9 total) are cut, assembled, packaged, stacked, and ready for shipment to Lackland Air Force base, San Antonio, Texas.