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Funeral for military K-9 planned for Sunday

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A retired Marine bomb sniffing dog will be laid to rest Sunday and the preparations are already underway to honor her. A retired Marine bomb sniffing dog will be laid to rest Sunday and the preparations are already underway to honor her.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A retired Marine bomb sniffing dog will be laid to rest Sunday and the preparations are already underway to honor her.

 Beyco, who lost her battle with cancer last month, will be honored with over 15-hundred flags lining the Old Historic Main Street in Middletown.

A 2.6 mile flag line, stretching from Bluegrass Harley Davidson on Blankenbaker Lane to VFW 1170, is also being planned.

The KY Patriot Guard Riders were served by Beyco in her retirement and will play a major role in the memorial. Beyco will be the first K-9 Veteran to be honored with a Ride of Respect; her ashes will be placed on the lead bike.

The canine warrior retired from the United States Marine Corps after ten years of service and two tours in Iraq. Beyco's last mission was standing in 90-degree heat to attend the funeral of Bardstown K-9 Officer Jason Ellis.

"If I know Beyco, she is probably starting a flag line in heaven for all the military dogs that are going to enter. She knows what these mean," said Joe Sturm, a Vietnam veteran who Beyco lived with.

Larry "The Flag Man" Eckhardt provided the flags and came from Illinois for the tribute. Volunteers helped put up the flags Saturday in preparation.

Beyco's memorial will be Sunday at 2:00 at the VFW post on Evergreen Road in Middletown. We have all that information posted on our website wave3.com.

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