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Memorial Day means something to each and every one of us, including some dogs. For the dogs that belong with soldiers past and present, they, too, feel the loss when one of their own does not return from the throes of battle.

Sometimes as humans we forget the unconditional love extended from canine to human for no other purpose than just sheer love and gratitude. There are situations where we are reminded, however.

Take for instance the photo recently posted on Facebook again. The photo is meaningful, yet heart-wrenching all the same. The story tells the true meaning behind the picture; adding to heartfelt tugs many of us feel simply looking at the photograph.

The story was told like this:
For the past six years, a dog named Capitán has slept on the grave of his owner every night. His owner’s name was Miguel Guzmán and he died in 2006. Capitán disappeared shortly after Guzmán’s family attended his funeral services. The family searched everywhere and put out flyers in attempts to try to locate the dog, but no one had seen him.

About a week later, some people who were at the cemetery late one evening spotted Capitán lying on a grave. They contacted the groundskeeper at the cemetery about it. The cemetery then notified the family who promptly came to pick him up and take him home but each night he would cry and scratch frantically at the door to go out and he would not return home until morning. It was later discovered that Capitán would walk the three miles back to the cemetery each night to guard his master’s grave.

Now it has been nearly seven years. The cemetery still does not close their gates until the dog arrives each night promptly at 6:00 p.m. He sleeps there all night guarding the grave of Miguel Guzmán whom he loved dearly. The groundskeeper opens the gat in the morning and Capitán returns to the family home.

Capitán is not the only dog to claim a love as deep as this, but he is very well-known for his devotion; his story going viral again just in time to pay our respects to the men and women who so faithfully served our country and have kept us free from harm. So, Happy Memorial Day to all of you that have given the majority of us the benefit of living in the good ole’ United States of America. If every one of us could pay you the respect that you deserve, we would all be joining Capitán and other canines like him on the graves of our heroes!

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