In Muskegon, Michigan, hundreds of people saluted and said their final goodbyes to a sickened dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines.
On Wednesday, the black lab named Cena received an emotional hero’s farewell before being euthanized and carried off in a flag-draped coffin.
Cena initially was a bomb-sniffer for the Marines. He was later deployed to Afghanistan with Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung and became his service dog as he battled with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The loving and incredibly intelligent dog was eventually diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.
DeYoung made a “bucket list” for the K-9 hero, as well as organized the celebration for him. He says he wanted to take Cena on a ride in a topless Jeep before he was put down. The Jeep was decorated and named “Cancer Response Team.”
DeYoung and Cena were given one final salute by service members and public safety officials as they took their last walk together.
“I’ll take it one day at a time,” said DeYoung. “It’s the only thing we can do.”
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