Surprise homecoming from Afghanistan at the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade


The float was called “Canines with Courage,” designed to be a replica of the U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument, scheduled to open next fall.

Actor Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Food sponsored and built the float, which included a K9 named Lucca, a retired military dog who lost one of her legs to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while saving the U.S. Marines.

Needless to say, when the float stopped and dad got off, everyone was choked up:

Here’s a link to the full video, which was unfortunately shot by pointing a camera at the TV. Still looking for a really good one…

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Erick Brockway
Work seven days a week at two jobs, a newly RETIRED EO1 (E6) in the Navy Reserves (Seabees), blog when I can from cellphone and computer. @erickbrockway #catcot #tcot

Currently living in Camarillo, CA, about 45 miles North of LA. I have a wife (20+ years) son, and two daughters.

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January 2, 2013 2:21 pm

Beautiful and so heart-warming. Thanks for sharing Brockway.