AS PART of this year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations, a wreath of purple poppies will be laid by the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Coventry in honour of animals lost to war.
Lord Mayor Coun John McNicholas is a strong supporter of animal rights and welfare and will lay the purple poppies alongside the traditional red on Sunday.
The purple poppy was introduced by the charity Animal Aid in 2006 after it felt the animals that died in war –mostly horses and dogs – were often forgotten. It has since been adopted by the Murphy’s Army charity.
The Lord Mayor said he and wife June had always been strong supporters of animal charities and were keen to use their year in office to highlight issues around animal welfare and promote responsible pet ownership.
“At this time of year we rightly remember all the brave service personnel who have given their lives to protect us and I proudly wear my red poppy every year, but this year I will also be proud to support the purple poppy appeal and urge others to do the same.
“Our faithful animals – be they dogs, horses or many other kinds – have served in conflicts around the globe, and continue to do so.
“Many have died in service or been hurt. They are loyal and brave and they need our love and support.
“We see the generosity of Coventry people every year through the poppy appeal and I hope that by paying this tribute it will encourage people to think of the role these animals have played and, if possible, make an extra donation alongside the one for their red poppy.”
The Murphy’s Army charity has raised over £75,000 which has been donated to animal-related causes including K9 Heroes, The Horse Trust, Smokey Paws, Household Cavalry Foundation, Bravo Working Dog Rescue and Fireside K9.
The charity has also provided 100 pet oxygen masks to fire services across the UK, and 250 cooling coats to service dogs.
The Lord Mayor’s charities this year are animal welfare, responsible pet ownership, Historic Coventry and Coventry’s 5 ½ mile Canal.
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