The poppy means both sleeping and remembering, so it was used as a symbol of deep sleep and death. In the Greeks, the gods Hypnosis and Thanatos (God of Sleep and the God of Death) were represented with a poppy wreath on their head or holding these flowers in their hands. 

Besides, the poppy is used as a symbol for the victims of all wars. Napoleon noted in its campaigns that poppy flowers were blooming around the fresh graves of the soldiers, so he believed that the flowers were rising from the blood spilled by those fallen into battle.

The red poppy is used to honor and show respect for the soldiers who gave their lives for their country in the First World War. The white poppy is a flower used as a symbol of pacifism, worn either in place of or in addition to the red remembrance poppy for Remembrance Day Pins made by disabled veterans  are worn every year on Remembrance Day (November 11th). Its origin as a symbol of remembrance was used after the poem written in 1915 by the Canadian Doctor John McCrae:
"In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

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