Remembrance Sunday is fast approaching and millions of people up and down Britain will be seen wearing poppies, but you may also see purple poppies – so what do they mean? Brittany Tijou-Smith explains…
What is the Purple Poppy?
Red poppies are synonymous with the Royal British Legion and remembering those who fought and lost their lives during the First World War.
The purple poppy however, is the lesser known pin to remember animals that lost their lives during war.
This includes animals used in the war, like dogs and pigeons that carries messages, horses pulling carts and ammunition, as well as cats, canaries and mules.
Officially associated with the Animal Aid Charity, the badge has been designated to August 23, but can still be worn on November 11 to show respect.
The design was first created in 2006 but hasn’t become as well-known as the traditional red remembrance pins.
Where can I get one?
The Animal Aid Charity have created a new alternative badge, the purple paw badge, remembering the animals that have been lost due to human exploitation, covering but not restricted to, blood-sports, wars, horse racing and experimentation. Click here to purchase the purple paw.
They cost anywhere from £1- £30 and are made from a variety of materials, like hand-knitted wool, silver, gold and enamel, however the money from these is not donated to the Animal Aid Charity and so if you would like to make a donation, click here.
‘We encourage members of the public to come together to pay tribute to the many animals lost in Service, and to those who Serve us today’ – The Purple Poppy Campaign.
The Purple Poppy Campaign recently sold out of their accessories, but are continuing to sell mugs, key rings and phone cases – all products are made by unpaid volunteers who ‘encourage members of the public to come together to pay tribute to the many animals lost in Service, and to those who Serve us today’.
The campaign is backed by a number of high-profile celebrities, including Paul O’Grady, David Essex O.B.E, Ben Fogle and Arlene Phillips C.B.E of Strictly Come Dancing.
People from far and wide are fixing this meaningful accessory to their pets to spread the message to people they see walking down the street.
— Purple Poppy (@MA_PurplePoppy) November 1, 2018
Although this poppy is lesser known, countries across the globe are using it in unison and remembrance.