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Purple Poppy

Purple Poppy

Purple Poppy

There is a specified purple poppy day in addition to Remembrance Day on 11 November where purple poppies would be worn. The date is movable, however. In 2018, in order to coincide with 100 years since the end of the First World War, 23 August was chosen as purple poppy day to coincide with the Battle of Mons. This was the date of the first battle between British and German forces during the First World War.Animal Aid continued to sell the purple poppy with proceeds going to them until 2015 when they replaced the symbol with an enamel purple paw badge as they felt it was being misinterpreted — the animals are not "heroes" but victims.

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Today we launch our Animal Purple Poppy Fund 2021. We have chosen June 8 to raise money for animals in need as it was exactly three years ago that Poppy our majestic war horse memorial was unveiled in Ascot. Fittingly, our emblem is a purple poppy and already an army of Ambassadors and volunteers are busy placing boxes of pin badges in their local garden centres, supermarkets, pet stores and equine centres. They sell for a suggested donation of £2 (plus £1 for postage and packaging if you buy from our shop). On request, we can offer knitted poppies of various sizes for horses, dogs and cats too, for a donation of £3. Visit our shop by clicking here. If you have a charity that could benefit from our work, or you just want to get involved, email Margaret at info@thewarhorsememorial.org. For more information click here.The result is this magnificent installation, lovingly made over many hours, positioned at the feet of our giant bronze and to now officially unveiled by Councillor Sharpe ahead of Remembrance Sunday to remember animals of war, She added: “This is a wonderful initiative from War Horse Memorial , hoping to raise further funds for a variety of equine and animal charities in the UK.

It gives me great pleasure to see such an enterprising idea work so well, whilst helping to boost morale and lift spirits during the pandemic. Poppy has definitely established herself as a special local landmark and is beautifully enhanced by her surrounding meadow.”Many of you have been asking how you can buy purple poppy wreaths to commemorate the service and sacrifice of animals in war. We recommend that you make one out of knitted poppies (pictured here). They look really impressive and are very durable and can withstand the autumn weather. All you need is a simple and cheap circular wooden base (available from many inexpensive stores at a cost of about £6), and a handful of knitted poppies. Simply glue the poppies onto the base, wait to dry and either paint the back of the wreath purple or glue on more poppies. If you are struggling to make or find knitted, purple poppies please let us know and we will send you a batch. When you lay your wreath at your local war memorial take a photo and send to us so we can share with other kind-hearted folk. (Source: thewarhorsememorial.org)

 

 

 

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