War Dog Memorial

Construction of the War Dog Memorial at the Avon Park Community Center. The unveiling of the monument will be held at noon Friday.

AVON PARK — The final preparations are underway for the War Dog Memorial in front of the Avon Park Community Center, which will be unveiled at noon Friday.

Battle of the Bands Inc. President Anna Marie Feeney said Wednesday that everything is right on schedule.

“They started sealing the monument today and tomorrow [Thursday] the landscaping is being done around the monument. Yes, we are right on target,” she said. “I think we are going to have an amazing turnout for the unveiling.”

She recommends riding by the monument at night.

“Last night all the electrical was turned on and turned up and wow!,” Feeney said. “It’s even better than I thought it was going to be and I designed it; it’s amazing.”

The groundbreaking was held Oct. 12.

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The Heartland Cultural Alliance will host a reception honoring service dogs following the unveiling of the War Dog Memorial.

The HCA reception will be held 1-3 p.m. Friday at the Peter Powell Roberts Museum of Art, 310 W. Main St., on the second floor.

A video of the War Dogs dedication to protecting our servicemen will be shown. HCA will also honor the therapy dogs ability to heal and change lives through love. Testimony will be given through the story of Therapy Dog ID# 32320, Sheba.

The inspirational story will be told of Sheba’s discovery of missing Florida Master Artist Peter Powell Roberts, how she brought him out of severe depression, gave him the will to live, overcome pain, and paint again. A video of the story will also be shown.

Refreshments will be served for the reception, which is open to the public and free of charge.

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