With Remembrance Day coming up on November 11, thousands of Canadians will take a moment of silence to remember the fallen soldiers of war. Throughout Remembrance week, many will also choose to wear a traditional red poppy, as a sign of respect for the millions of people who lost their lives in military conflict. Now, Canada's military animals are also being remembered, and they’re being honoured with a special purple poppy.\nFor many, many years, Canadians have worn a traditional red poppy to symbolize their respect for all of the fallen soldiers of conflict over the years. Now, some people are choosing to add a purple poppy alongside their traditional red one, to show their admiration for the millions of animals that also lost their lives during war.\nAccording to the BBC, the purple poppy symbolizes all of the animals who lost their lives during human conflict. During war, animals like dogs, horses and birds have been used as messengers, for detection, for scouting and rescue, and as “beasts of burden” on the front line.\nIt is estimated that more than 8 million animals sacrificed their lives to help humans in World War 1 alone, and the aim of the purple poppy is to remember and respect all of the creatures that died, both human and furry.\nView this post on Instagram A #CAF Construction Technician with the Multinational Force and Observers pats, Mona, the Colombians’ adopted dog at the MFO’s Remote Site 2 in Sinai, Egypt during #OpCALUMET. #MyCAF #PhotoOfTheDay A post shared by Canadian Armed Forces (@canadianforces) on Apr 3, 2019 at 11:29am PDT\nIt’s believed that tens of thousands of horses, dogs, birds and other animals have specifically served Canada and the Canadian military during times of war, helping with everything from transporting equipment and supplies, carrying messages and saving troops under fire.\nIn one particularly striking example, a Newfoundland dog belonging to the Royal Rifles of Canada saved many lives during the Second World War. He travelled with the regiment to Hong Kong and chased off enemy troops on at least two occasions during battle. He died carrying an enemy grenade away from a group of wounded Canadian soldiers.\nView this post on Instagram Members from 12e Régiment blindé du Canada and 4e Régiment de Chasseurs (4ème RCh) of the French Army participate in dog sled training during Exercise #CHEVALIERTRICOLORE. #CAF #Saguenay #Québec #Canada #France #CanadianArmedForces #snow #outdoors #dogsledding #dogs #dogsofinstgram #photography #PhotoOfTheDay A post shared by Canadian Armed Forces (@canadianforces) on Jan 18, 2017 at 12:48pm PST\nView this post on Instagram The Purple Poppy collection remembers the service and sacrifices of all animals, great and small, that serve beside humans in war. 💜 💜 So, here's my poppy to remembered our four legged heroes 🐶🐴 💜 💜 Happy Sunday buddies @macgyvers.adventure @ruby_reddog @adventures_of_our_red_dog @pippet_13 @fella_the_wonder_dog @harpotherotti @haveyoumetmya @ollieboy_staffyx @kaliethekelpiex @goldentalesofluna @cooper_kelpiexblueheeler @tatatherottie @ms_darcydog @oftenoutdoors @lily.sparkle @wellington.dingo @diva_the_rottweiler @arnie_blue_terminator @_lilbandtheboys_ @rinthegermanshepherd @texandjakesadventures @lola_rottiegirl @antonio_gavii @claudiasvalleylife @rubys_life_nz @jax_and_sumo @zoeythelapphund @shado_n_seska @buddy.theminidood @journey.with.tiffany @kelpiecuci . . #c00perboy #狗 #purplepoppy #ilovemydog #kelpie #sunshinecoastdogs A post shared by I am a Kelpie x Collie 🐶 (@c00per_the_kelpie) on Nov 10, 2018 at 2:59pm PST\nIn another example, the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade took on a goat as a mascot during the First World War. Intended just to keep the men company, the goat ended up actually saving their lives, managing to headbutt several soldiers into a trench before a shell exploded.\nView this post on Instagram This #TBT, as part of Science Odyssey Week, we’re focusing on some #DefenceScience. Circa 1958, this #DefenceScientist and his dog sled team, find a creative solution to exploring the arctic while conducting experiments. #OdySci #STEM #DogSled #DogOfInstagram #Pupper #Doggo A post shared by Canadian Armed Forces (@canadianforces) on May 17, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram This is Titch. Titch was born in Bosnia and trained as a mine detection dog from the word go. She was procured early by the British Army to be retrained as a High Assurance Search Dog to help tackle the ever-increasing threat of improvised explosive devices, ruining so many lives of our brothers and sisters in arms. She served 3 years straight in Afghanistan and was one of the most successful High Assurance Search Dogs to ever deploy. She has literally saved the lives and limbs of so many, so they could return home safely. Before she retired at the age of 8, she had been retrained to a ‘dual role’ capability, which are trained to search and when needed to bite and detain. Found at Armatus Risks Canine Services Limited. Photo credit: Stewart Campbell . Our chapter on Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/doglikeaweapon . Support Dog Like a Weapon: https://patreon.com/doglikeaweapon . #doglikeaweapon #dog #dogs #dogsofinstagram #dogs_of_instagram #dogstagram #TheyAlsoServed #RedPoppy #PurplePoppy #MilitaryWorkingDogs #K9 #Veteran #army #armylife #hero #heroes A post shared by Dog Like a Weapon (@doglikeaweapon) on Nov 5, 2019 at 1:26pm PST\nDespite being part of the British Army, one German Shepherd puppy and his handler were on assignment with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1998. The pup ended up saving several Canadian lives, by helping to bring down and capture a gunman firing at Canadian peacekeepers.\nAnimals, particularly puppers, continue to aid the Canadian Armed Forces as they fight for peace both at home and abroad.\nView this post on Instagram Gunner (Trained Canine) Loki, the mascot of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School is promoted to his present rank on December 11, 2017. Gnr (TC) Loki became the official mascot of the RCAS on October 5, 2017. Pictured in his custom Regimental dog jacket, Gnr (TC) Loki’s duties include attendance at parades, physical training sessions, inspections and morale-building visits to the loyal Batteries at the RCAS. #StrongProudReady #CAF #DogsOfInstagram A post shared by Canadian Armed Forces (@canadianforces) on Feb 13, 2018 at 12:09pm PST\nView this post on Instagram Finally have a new badge! ❤️💜 #poppy #purplepoppy #rememberedtogether A post shared by Carly (@cle.23.06) on Nov 3, 2019 at 11:34am PST\nThe sacrifices of the millions of animals who died have been memorialized in a monument, erected in 2012 near the National War Memorial in Ottawa.\nWhether or not you choose to wear a purple poppy alongside your traditional poppy this weekend, it’s worth sparing a moment for all of those furry and fuzzy lives lost during conflict too.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.