Today is Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries, a day in which they remember and honour the members of their armed forces died in action since the Great War. This day is observed on 11 November because on that date, in 1918, ended the First World War, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The red poppy is the emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields" and its brilliant red colour is a very appropiate symbol of the blood spilled in that war.
I was present at the small Remembrance Day ceremony that took part, on November 2009, in Kabul International Airport, and it was for me a really touching experience. In my own country, the dead in action are respected in an almost private way, by their families or by their military units, because it is cool for our "cultured" castes to see all our wars as dirty affairs, so there is not a Remembrance Day for them.
All my respect to you and to them.