Remembering the service of animals with a purple poppy

A colourful window display in our local Mansfield Country Women’s Association hall alerted me to it being Purple Poppy Day on February 24, which commemorates the service of animals of all kinds in war and conflict situations. Many of us are used to buying a red poppy to support our service men and women on ANZAC Day, April 25 and Remembrance Day on November 11.
The purple poppy was introduced to Australia in 2013 by the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO). It is also known as the “Animal Poppy”. According to AWAMO, purple poppies are designed to be worn alongside the traditional red poppy. They are a reminder of the bravery of both humans and animals that served together.
AWAMO uses money raised from donations and the sale of Purple Poppies to establish memorials. These funds are also used to train support animals to help soldiers with post-traumatic stress, and provide care packages, including paying for care for war animals retired from service due to illness, injury and old age after active service says the AWAMO.
President Nigel Allsopp talks about the organisation’s work in the video clip below.

The Mansfield CWA members put their crafting skills to work to create purple poppies and other items to sell to support the AWAMO. I bought a purple poppy yesterday and look forward to wearing it with my red poppy on ANZAC Day.

Reference:

https://www.purplepoppies.com.au/about/

2 thoughts on “Remembering the service of animals with a purple poppy

  1. This is a wonderful way to remember the service of the other than human animals out there that has worked along side us in war situation. I also appreciate that this group is training support animals for veterans. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Many thanks Mark. What I love is that it acknowledges all creatures great and small, from a pigeon to the light horse. In more recent conflicts in places like Afghanistan dogs have been a much loved companion for our serving members. I don’t glorify war but recognise the sacrifice given for our freedom. Sadly, seeing what is playing out in the Ukraine, there is such a deep sense of we have been here before.

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