Care Home Residents Remember Lost Animals with Purple Poppies
Honouring Remembrance Day, residents of Rogers House Residential Care Home in Wigmore decided to create a purple wreath this year, to remember the animals who lost their lives at war.
Each year the residents of the Drewery Drive care home make a poppy wreath to honour Remembrance Day and remember the lives of those we lost. This year, they decided to remember the fallen animals of war too, an often-overlooked aspect.
The residents crafted a large poppy wreath, from small purple paper, which they displayed in the living room and will gather around when they hold their two minutes’ silence of remembrance later in the week.
The purple poppy was created in 2006 by the charity Animal Aid as a way to commemorate animals which served during conflicts, as the charity viewed that they had been the forgotten victims of war. Approximately eight million horses and donkeys died during the First World War.
Jackie Miles, Home Manager of Rogers House said: “Remembrance Day is important to us all but for our residents, who are of a certain age, it is particularly significant. We always invite them to join us in remembering, if they want to, and thought it would be nice to discuss something different alongside our remembering this year.
“They were very interested to learn about the purple poppies, as most had not heard of them before, and whilst is incredibly sad that so many animals died as a result of war, the residents wanted to remember them in their own way with their handmade wreath.”