Hundreds of people gathered in Michigan recently to honor a Marine — but this wasn’t just any Marine, it was a Marine dog named Cena. Cena was a true hero and he was going to be missed immensely.
The cancer-stricken dog served three tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines. He certainly received the hero farewell that he deserved. At 10-years-old, the veteran dog was going to be euthanized in honor.
Cena was recently diagnosed with bone cancer — unfortunately, it was terminal. He was a bomb sniffer for the Marines until he retired back in 2014. His owner knew that he had to organize something big to honor his dog.
Lance Cpl. Jeff DeYoung was paired with Cena in 2009 and 2010 while they were on a combat tour in Afghanistan. DeYoung ended up adopting him in 2014. Cena even became DeYoung’s service dog for his PTSD.
“My whole adult life I’ve had Cena,” DeYoung said. “When I was 19 overseas learning how to be responsible, I had Cena. And now I’m 27 and I’m having to say goodbye to one of the biggest pieces of my life.”