National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Purple Poppy Day

In conjunction with New Zealand War Animal Memorial Day the National Army Museum hopes to use the 24th of February as an annual Purple Poppy Day, in order for the animals to have a commemorative day.

Most people are unaware that as well as the traditional commemorative red poppy, there are also white and purple. The purple poppy symbolises all animals who have died during conflict. 
It is estimated that more than 8 million animals sacrificed their lives in World War I alone.

As a way to commemorate the animals that have served, and those that continue to, we ask you to wear a purple poppy. These purple poppies can be worn in together with the traditional red poppy. Let us remember these brave animals, their deeds, and their sacrifices.

To love unconditionally, to serve unquestionably… They were the animals