Purple Poppy Day

The National Army Museum remembers and honours our war animals each year on the 24 February with Purple Poppy 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, you can wear a purple poppy. Let us remember these brave animals, their deeds, and their sacrifices.

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