Wear purple poppy for war animals
SOUTH Street Pet Supplies is supporting Remembrance Day by selling purple poppies in honour of animals that have served alongside defence personnel.
Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) ambassador Linda Scott said while people were aware of the red poppy and its significance, few were aware of the purple poppy.
“The purple poppy is to honour our animals that have served alongside our defence personnel through all theatres of war, whether they are horses, donkeys, mules, camels, pigeons or dogs. Most Australians are aware of Simpson and his donkey and the invaluable contribution the donkeys made in the transportation of injured soldiers,” she said.
“With this year being the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba we reflect on the contribution made by the Australian waler horse.”
Ms Scott said the AWAMO had been proactive in ensuring that the contribution of all animals was recognised in the form of memorials.
The first AWAMO memorial in WA was unveiled at Anzac Cottage in Mt Hawthorn in September this year.
“AWAMO is not only about memorials but proactive in the support of our troops in the form of assistance dogs and has recently purchased a riding saddle from the US to assist a veteran who may have lower limb amputations to ride a horse,” Ms Scott said.
“It is also proactive in ensuring our military working dogs that have recently returned from active service are given any monetary assistance that may be required to ensure their ongoing health and wellbeing.”
Chris O’Bryan of South Street Pet Supplies will have a display of poppies in her store.
Chris O’Bryan with some of the purple poppies she will sell.