The 25th of April is a special date on the Australian Calendar. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Today, Australians recognise the 25th of April as a day of remembrance for all those who sacrificed for us, whether it is man or animal. Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn (the time of the original landing), while marches involving former service men and women are conducted in major cities and many smaller centres. It is a time where we reflect on the many different meanings of war.
The Red Poppy is a common symbol worn to remember the service men and women that sacrificed for our country. Throughout history, humans and animals have worked together in war and in peacetime, creating a bond that is unbreakable. This is why, the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) has issued a purple poppy, which can be worn alone, or alongside the traditional red one, as a reminder that both human and animals continue to sacrifice and serve.
AWAMO is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring these animals are remembered. This is done by erecting plaques, memorials and statues. They also ensure that retired animals are not forgotten. Support is offered for ongoing care and vet bills as well as help in dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in these animals.
When buying a purple poppy, the people behind AWAMO have asked that you firstly support our soldiers and buy a red poppy as well. All proceeds from the sale of their merchandise goes to helping create memorials to honour War Animals.
Follow the link to purchase a purple poppy: Purple Poppies
Find out more: Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO)