Wear pur­ple poppy for war an­i­mals

Fremantle Gazette - - #SNAPPERTH - Picture: Jon Hew­son

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.

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Chris O’Bryan with some of the pur­ple pop­pies she will sell.

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