[ENDEARING VIDEO] Last Salute to Sergeant Canvas


The endearing story of a marine’s tribute to his war-dog

For people like us sharing our lives with a dogs is one of the most wonderful experiences live has to offer but, as nothing comes for free in this world, at some point in time we all have to pay the toll and face that dreadful last moment.

Some of us, myself included, went down that road too many times already and know this life changing experience first-hand but I can’t begin to imagine how deep the bond must be between a man and the dog who went to war together.

Here’s the endearing story of, now Retired,  Marine Corps Cpl., James Mosele  and how he honoured his companion, the dog he had served with in Afghanistan.

The Community of Minden, Louisiana, gathered together Friday to pay tribute and say a final goodbye to a brave K9 soldier, Retired Sergeant-CanvasSergeant Canvas.Sergeant Canvas served several tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq alongside her partner, now Retired,  Marine Corps Cpl., James Moseley.  

It was there that the pair developed an unbreakable bond.  They served their country proudly, and both bear the scars of their service.Sergeant Canvas was an IED sniffing dog and one fateful day, in 2013, she attempted to alert Moseley to a hidden device, but was too late.  Moseley stepped on it, and all he remembers is Canvas running to his side.

Both were injured, with Marine Corps Cpl Moseley eventually losing his leg.Sergeant Canvas was also injured, though her emotional troubles (fear of fireworks and thunder) were easier to treat.  Sadly, her physical impairments could not be cured.   Canvas suffered from debilitating arthritis and back pains.  

When the time came where she could no longer walk, the decision was made to allow her to pass away peacefully.The community rallied together to honor this solider; and the procession that led Sergeant Canvas  is one that once seen can never be forgotten.

This is a true Semper Fi story that grabs your heart and, at least in my mind, fully deserved to include the “Taps”.

The SECOND PAGE holds a full video coverage of the tribute and final farewell to sergeant Canvas.

If your wondering about the history of the Taps and why it’s eternally linked to July 2nd go to the THIRD PAGE and hear its history told by John Wyane.

Originatiing Content: NBC12

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