Tuesday, April 23, 2024

NZDF to honour service animals

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will host events in Auckland and Waiouru this weekend to honour and remember service animals.

For more than 120 years animals have served alongside New Zealand armed forces, as messengers, protectors, mascots, beasts of burden and companions.

Each year on 24 February, Purple Poppy Day is held to honour and remember the contribution of those animals.

The day marks the anniversary of the unveiling of New Zealand’s first War Animal Memorial at the National Army Museum in Waiouru, and a day that is now recognised and commemorated both throughout the country and around the world.

Services open to the community are being held at the National Army Museum in Waiouru and the National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy in Auckland, which aim to recognise those animals who have served and are serving in conflicts.

AUCKLAND

What: Purple Poppy Day Service

Where: National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Devonport, Auckland

When: Saturday 24 February, 2024

Time: 11am

Pets are welcome but must be on a lead or in an appropriate animal carrier.

WAIOURU

What: Purple Poppy Day Service

Where: National Army Museum, Waiouru

When: Saturday 24 February, 2024

Time: 11am

Pets are welcome but must be on a lead or in an appropriate animal carrier.

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