Hundreds Say Goodbye To Hero Marine Dog In Emotional Ceremony (Video)

Hundreds of people gathered in Michigan to pay tribute to a true hero. it was a tear-filled final goodbye to a cancer-stricken dog who served three tours in Afghanistan with the US Marines. The dog served in Afghanistan more than six months in 2009 and 2010 with U.S. Marine veteran Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung, who narrated the deep bond they both shared during that time.

A few Years later, DeYoung adopted Cena. A service dog in his retirement, Cena helped DeYoung cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and other personal challenges. “This dog, this brother of mine, has sat with me through a divorce, through missed jobs, through homelessness, my PTSD strikes and waking up in my bathtub crying,” DeYoung said at a Veterans Day ceremony in 2015.

Narrating his ordeal, DeYoung said, when Cena was recently diagnosed with terminal bone cancer he was incapacitated with grief. “To be honest, I hid under the desk in the vet’s office, I threw my phone against the wall and the veterinarian had to leave the room until I could compose myself,”

Wednesday was the saddest day between the dog and the owner, DeYoung said goodbye to his loyal 10-year-old friend in an emotional public farewell that he and the Marine Corps League had planned to honor Cena’s life and service.

Both Cena and it owner, decorated in a Marine vest, had their last ride together in a topless Jeep Wrangler through downtown Muskegon, as hundreds looked on. Before Cena was finally euthanized at the USS LST-393, folks gather around the dog, smothering him with snuggle and smooches.

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