American Legion Petaluma Meeting Program

Starting Dec 12, 2018, The American Legion Petaluma Post is adding a 15-minute time slot for a program section.  The goal is to inform, educate, and provide some entertainment for our members.  It will take place in the first half of the meeting.  We will start our program with  Susan Bahary, the foremost sculptor of service animals monuments in the world with works at national museums, military bases, veterinary schools, and parks. She was a speaker at the Veterans Day Parade November 11, 2018.  I was one of the lucky ones who got to hear her and talk with her.

Susan Bahary. Speaker at the American Legion Meeting

She created our country’s first official war dog memorial in 1994 that was unveiled at the Pentagon and dedicated at the US Naval Base on Guam. Since then she has created many monuments around the world honoring the military and law enforcement and their animal’s partners.





Purple Poppy Badge

Also, Susan Bahary has just brought the Purple Poppy movement to the US. In other countries, it honors war animals and here it honors all war animals as well as all our service animals. Associated with the Purple Poppy is National Service Animals Day, which was November 13th. It is designed to raise awareness for our service animals and their handlers. Susan is spearheading a proposed first US National Service Animals Monument and wants to spread the word.

Susan Bahary Website –

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